Primary care health professionals play a crucial role in diagnosing blood cancer early. We know that patient presentation delays and the nature of acute conditions contributes to emergency diagnosis rates. But, the fact that you may only see one case of blood cancer every two years, adds challenges, especially as the symptoms are notoriously vague and non-specific.
As a result, blood cancers have a higher rate of emergency diagnosis than other cancer types. Emergency presentation rates account for 30% of blood cancers diagnosed, compared to 22% across all cancers. The highest emergency presentation rates for any cancer type occur in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), at 65% of patients. Early diagnosis has a significant impact on both survival rates and patient experience.
Our online eLearning modules and in-person events are accredited with CPD points.
Our online learning modules take a closer look at the symptoms of blood cancers and feature case study scenarios, interactive content and tools to put learning into practice.
From these events GPs (and their teams) will be better placed to diagnose blood cancer early, refer earlier and above all be more informed in managing a patient holistically.