Projects

Evaluating the impact of NICE guidelines for suspected cancers in respect of diagnostic interval and other outcomes

Evaluating the impact of NICE guidelines for suspected cancers in respect of diagnostic interval and other outcomes

The aims of this research are to explore changes in time to cancer diagnosis and estimate the early impact of the revision of NICE guidelines for suspected cancer on the time to diagnosis of cancer.
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Abdominal pain in primary care: establishing a clinical profile and diagnostic pathway for identifying cancer

Abdominal pain in primary care: establishing a clinical profile and diagnostic pathway for identifying cancer

Abdominal pain is a symptom commonly reported to United Kingdom general practitioners. This research will help to guide GPs into providing appropriate action for patients with unexplained abdominal pain.
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Tests and tools for the detection of ovarian cancer in primary care

Tests and tools for the detection of ovarian cancer in primary care

In this multi-stage project, we will use routinely collected data to map how patients with ovarian cancer are currently evaluated and investigated in UK primary care, prior to diagnosis.
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The diagnostic utility of inflammatory markers in primary care: a prospective cohort study

The diagnostic utility of inflammatory markers in primary care: a prospective cohort study

This project aims to find out whether blood tests called ‘inflammatory markers’ could help GPs to diagnose cancer. We will also look at whether they are useful for other important illnesses, such as infections and autoimmune conditions.
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The role of imaging in the diagnosis of symptomatic lung cancer

The role of imaging in the diagnosis of symptomatic lung cancer

This project focuses on lung cancer as a leading cause of death world wide. In the UK survival for patients diagnosed with lung cancer has been worse than for patients in many countries in Europe and North America. This project will compare data on tests and lung cancer from different countries.
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Conceptualising and measuring patient experience in the diagnosis of cancer

Conceptualising and measuring patient experience in the diagnosis of cancer

This project will aim to explore the theory that a lack of evidence exploring how to optimally measure patient experience of diagnostic tests and strategies reflects a lack of appropriate conceptual frameworks and robust measurement tools about the patient experience of diagnostic tests.
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International dataset inventory for the CanTest collaborative

International dataset inventory for the CanTest collaborative

This project aims to create a simple repository with detailed information on the data available, and linkage possibilities, as well as its applicability for potential use in relation to key CanTest research objectives.
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Understanding missed diagnostic opportunities in bladder and kidney cancer

Understanding missed diagnostic opportunities in bladder and kidney cancer

This PhD project will use bladder and kidney cancer as exemplars to identify missed diagnostic opportunities in early cancer diagnosis.
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Establishing the diagnostic accuracy of haemoglobin in faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) in the primary care symptomatic population: A multicentre cohort study

Establishing the diagnostic accuracy of haemoglobin in faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) in the primary care symptomatic population: A multicentre cohort study

This project will collect data to see how well FITs perform at diagnosing colorectal cancer in the primary care population, and to recommend a Hb level for further diagnostic testing when patients have a positive FIT.
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Multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) for prostate cancer diagnosis in primary care

Multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) for prostate cancer diagnosis in primary care

This PhD project will explore a number of areas relating to whether it would be safe, acceptable, and cost effective for GPs to order MRI scans for men with symptoms suggesting a possible diagnosis of prostate cancer.
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