New cancer strategy can save thousands of lives
NICE claims that about 5,000 lives can be saved every year in England if the GPs follow guidelines for diagnosis of cancer. A new approach has been undertaken to tackle cancer. There are certain tests that should be followed and there are also some side step referrals to speed up the treatment. It is a known fact that the sooner cancer is diagnosed; the chance of surviving becomes greater. The experts are claiming that in spite of improve in situation; thousand lives are lost every year due to late detection of tumours. Several changes have been made according to the recommendations for encouraging the GPs to detect cancer sooner by taking a cancer test. It has been suggested that the doctors should focus on the symptoms of cancer first rather than detecting which type of cancer a patient may be suffering from and then cross check with all the symptoms.
The GPs all over England should carry out cancer tests directly and should not wait for any appointment with an expert. The GPs will then be able to access CT scans and carry out other exams like endoscopies without being referred by a specialist. The patients can investigate the cases more quickly then and consume less time of the specialists. This enables the patients to notice the common signs of cancer and they can then get immediate medical advice. Doctors should also put a safety net in the place so that they don’t miss any complicated cases.