‘Spot Leukaemia’ Blood Cancer Learning Workshops
The Royal College of General Practitioners in partnership with Leukaemia Care are hosting this participative workshop to empower primary care health professionals to recognise the vagaries involved in a rare blood cancer diagnosis and be up to date of appropriate referral pathways. The event also focuses on communication during diagnosis, establishing an action plan and appropriate after care. The purpose of the event is:To raise the index of suspicion for primary care workers. To give specific tips on early warning signs. To improve the quality of communication and support offered to patients and their families by primary care.Primary care health professionals play a crucial role in diagnosing blood cancer early. But the fact that you may only see one case of blood cancer every two years, combined with the notoriously vague and non-specific symptoms, means that diagnosis can be a challenge. 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 64% of patients. Early diagnosis has a significant impact on both survival rates and patient experience. A desired outcome of this event is that practices will be better placed to diagnose early the condition, refer earlier and above all be more informed in managing a patient holistically. A further desired outcome would be for attendees to disseminate learning to their practice and audit how they have fared in the past and implement updates.
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