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Cutting cancer diagnosis delays means understanding each patient’s journey

Anne Li

The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA) found that more than 7 in 10 cancer patients first reported symptoms at the GP surgery, or during a GP home visit. Less than 1 in 10 first presented at A&E. The good news is that many patients who were first seen by their GP were referred straight away, while others had necessary investigations, such as blood tests or x-rays before being referred. On average, patients were usually sent on to a specialist within 5 days. And most patients were diagnosed without any avoidable delay, according to GPs’ responses. But for more than 1 in 5 patients, GPs said there had been a delay somewhere along the journey to diagnosis that could have been avoided.

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