Publication - Advice and guidance

Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer

Published: 22 Jan 2019

Guidelines to support primary care clinicians in identifying patients who are most likely to have cancer and therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist. Equally, they help in identifying patients who are unlikely to have cancer, embedding safety netting as a diagnostic support tool.

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Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer
Footnotes

Footnotes

  1. Based on total Scottish population of 5,404,700 as at 30 June 2016: National Records of Scotland mid 2016 population estimates Scotland, Scottish Cancer Registry, Information Services Division (ISD), April 2018, GP Workforce & Practise Populations
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  4. Practising Realistic Medicine https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-practising-realistic-medicine/
  5. Cancer Research UK: Your Urgent Referral Explained https://publications.cancerresearchuk.org/categories/your-urgent-referral
  6. Statistics on Preventable Cancers https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/risk/preventable-cancers
  7. Clinical relevance of thrombocytosis in primary care: Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (659): e405-e413. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X691109
  8. Cancer Working Group of the Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Managed Diagnostic Network http://www.mcns.scot.nhs.uk/scbmdn/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2018/09/Tumour-Marker-bookmark-NHS-download.pdf
  9. HIS Familial Breast Cancer Report www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/cancer_care_improvement/programme_resources/familial_breast_cancer_report.aspx
  10. SIGN 126 - Diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer http://www.sign.ac.uk/sign-126-diagnosis-and-management-of-colorectal-cancer.html
  11. Cancer Incidence Report In Scotland (2016) https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/2018-04-24/2018-04-24-Cancer-Incidence-Report.pdf?51368349791
  12. Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme – Summary Card http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Cancer/Risk-Management/Prostate-Cancer-Summary-Card
  13. SIGN 135 Management of epithelial ovarian cancer https://www.sign.ac.uk/sign-135-management-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer.html
  14. Grace Kelly Ladybird https://www.gracekellyladybird.co.uk/knowthesigns
  15. Headsmart https://www.headsmart.org.uk/
  16. Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines https://www.palliativecareguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/guidelines/palliative-emergencies/malignant-spinal-cord-compression.aspx

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