Evaluating biomarker and imaging diagnostics, alone or in combinations, in the primary care setting
International group focusing on primary care cancer diagnostics
Developing and implementing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GPs
Applying new assessment framework including accuracy, acceptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in in the primary care setting
Applying new assessment framework including accuracy, acceptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in in the primary care setting
Developing and implementing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GPs
International group focusing on primary care cancer diagnostics
International group focusing on primary care cancer diagnostics
Evaluating biomarker and imaging diagnostics, alone or in combinations, in the primary care setting

The CanTest Collaborative

In January 2017, Cancer Research UK announced CanTest as the winners of their first ever Catalyst Award. Using this five year programme of funding, our team of primary care cancer researchers are investigating ways of developing and implementing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests into GP surgeries.

Our work will assess the accuracy, safety, cost effectiveness and suitability of a range of diagnostic methods and tools, for both patients and doctors, to lower diagnostic waiting times and reducing the burden of referrals.

As part of our programme of capacity building, we have delivered the first annual International School for Cancer Detection Research in Primary Care. This aims to build a community of clinicians and scientists from around the world to deliver trailblazing progress in diagnostic research for primary care.

News

New lung screening trial launches in Leeds

November 6, 2018

People at high risk of developing lung cancer have the chance to take part in a pioneering screening trial, which… Read More

CanTest heads to NCRI Cancer Conference 2018

October 31, 2018

Look out for CanTest at the UK’s largest forum showcasing advances in cancer research Senior Faculty will be chairing sessions… Read More

Understanding the (not so) Strangeways of primary care cancer research in Cambridge

October 29, 2018

The CanTest Travelling Fellowship programme continues. Last week Dr Sam Merriel, CanTest Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, visited… Read More


“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. By investing in future experts in this field, it will allow us to continue searching for the best way to diagnose cancer patients for many years to come. This has potential not only to save GPs’ and patients’ time, but also to reduce the anxiety patients feel when waiting for their results.” Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive
“As a GP myself, I know that it can be frustrating to wait weeks for results before making any decisions for my patients. We’re trying to reduce this time by assessing ways that GPs could carry out these tests by themselves, as long as it’s safe and sensible to do so. We’re open to assessing many different tests, and we’re excited to hear from potential collaborators.” Professor Willie Hamilton, University of Exeter
“People are at the heart of delivering pioneering research and that is what CanTest is all about. We want to nurture a new generation of researchers from a variety of backgrounds to work in primary care cancer diagnostics, creating an educational ‘melting pot’ to rapidly expand the field internationally.” Dr Fiona Walter, University of Cambridge