Evaluating biomarker and imaging diagnostics, alone or in combinations, in the primary care setting
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
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
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 international team of primary care cancer researchers are investigating ways of developing and implementing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests into GP surgeries.

Our research 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 and launched a Travelling Fellowship scheme. These initiatives aim to build a community of clinicians and scientists from around the world to support our delivery of diagnostic research for primary care.

News

CanTest contribution to the first Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme summer school

September 12, 2019

Members of the CanTest Collaborative made a valuable contribution to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme summer… Read More

Developing a ‘yes-no’ pathway for patients presenting with vague abdominal symptoms in primary care

September 5, 2019

Nanna Holt Jessen, PhD student at the Research Centre for Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care at the University of Aarhus… Read More

Improving the timely diagnosis of cancer in patients with pre-existing long term conditions

July 29, 2019

Cristina Renzi, Clinical Research Fellow at UCL, shares her experiences from her CanTest Travelling Fellowship to the Julius Center at… 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