New research to act as catalyst to help GPs diagnose cancer

Anne Li                                 2/3/17


A revolutionary Cancer Research UK-funded project will investigate ways of bringing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GPs. The CanTest project will aim to improve and develop new ways of diagnosing cancer in GP surgeries. It will assess the accuracy, cost effectiveness and suitability of a range of diagnostic methods and tools for both patients and GPs as a way to lower diagnostic waiting times and reduce the burden of referrals. This £5 million funding is part of Cancer Research UK’s Catalyst Award which aims to help researchers from around the world deliver trailblazing progress in their field with long-lasting results. Professor Willie Hamilton, a lead researcher from the University of Exeter, said: “As a GP myself, I know that it can be frustrating to wait weeks for results before making any decisions for my patients. We’re trying to reduce this time by assessing ways that GPs could carry out these tests by themselves, as long as it’s safe and sensible to do so. “We’re open to assessing many different tests, and we’re excited to hear from potential collaborators.”


See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-01-26-new-research-to-act-as-catalyst-to-help-gps-diagnose-cancer


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