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

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

Leeds researchers join UKLCC early diagnosis workshop

December 3, 2018

The UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) hosted an early diagnosis workshop in collaboration with Cancer Research UK on 28th November… Read More

Dispatches from India – Inaugural India-UK Cancer Researchers’ Summit

November 28, 2018

‘An important moment in the history of India-UK cancer research’ CanTest Associate Director Richard Neal reflects on the inaugural India-UK… Read More

Public involvement in CanTest – the researcher’s view

November 21, 2018

Patients’ views are at the heart of the CanTest programme. Below, Dr Stephen Bradley, clinical research fellow and PhD candidate… 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