GPs not to blame for late-presenting cancers
Patients presenting to hospital with cancer do not represent a “failure in primary care”, according to a study.
Contrary to the frequent claims that GPs often ‘miss diagnoses’, UK researchers have found that about one-third of emergency patients presenting with cancer have no prior contact with a GP.
They traced the diagnostic route of more than 56,000 cancer patients, including 4600 who presented as emergencies.
Although one-quarter of emergency presenters had multiple prior GP consultations, these patients tended to have harder