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3 April 2017

posted Apr 3, 2017, 3:08 AM by Beck Lockwood   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 7:16 AM ]
Improving cancer detection in GP surgeries

Researchers at the University of Leeds are working in partnership with NIHR DEC Leeds on a programme to improve early cancer detection in GP surgeries.

Called CanTest, the five-year project will prioritise ‘difficult to diagnose’ cancers, assessing the accuracy, safety, cost effectiveness and suitability of new and existing diagnostic tools. The aim is to optimise cancer detection in the surgery, and reduce the number of specialist referrals.

The research is funded through a £5m Cancer Research UK Catalyst Award, and will involve researchers from three UK universities as well as a number of international institutions.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “This collaboration will help us discover new and more effective ways to diagnose cancer by applying different methods to GP surgeries and finding out what really works for them on the job. This has potential not only to save GPs’ and patients’ time, but also to reduce the anxiety patients feel when waiting for results.”

NIHR DEC Leeds is working with the project team to provide an interface with NHS diagnostic test expertise and to advise on the performance evaluation of the different technologies being tested. Through its extensive networks, NIHR DEC Leeds will also be helping to link the research team with commercial diagnostic developers.

Professor Richard Neal, Professor of Primary Care Oncology at the University of Leeds, says: “CanTest is a really exciting project and we are looking forward to working with NIHR DEC Leeds on a number of projects relevant to the primary care diagnosis of cancer. The DEC team provide particular expertise relating to the evaluation of diagnostic tests and this adds to our international team of applied health researchers.”

Click here to read the University of Leeds press release