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.
Leukaemia Care has developed online eLearning modules and online webinars in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and GatewayC.
Our online eLearning modules and online webinars are accredited with CPD points.
GatewayC training modules
Chronic leukaemia – early diagnosis
This course explores the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
Acute leukaemia – early diagnosis
Acute leukaemia is a condition that usually requires immediate treatment as it progresses rapidly and aggressively. This course examines how initial symptoms of acute leukaemia may present and explores the next steps for patients that require urgent referral.
Diagnosis and management of leukaemia eLearning course
This 30-minute course, comprising two 15-minute modules (one on acute, one on chronic leukaemia), we will examine the key roles for GPs in diagnosing and managing patients with leukaemia.