Does an urgent referral mean I have cancer?
An urgent referral is one way that your doctor can refer you to hospital. It means that you have symptoms that could be due to cancer, although they are usually due to other conditions.
How many urgent referrals are cancer?
Currently around 7 out of 100 patients urgently referred are diagnosed with cancer, and this is likely to reduce further for us to pick up more early stage cancers.”
Is the two week rule for cancer referrals working?
The two week rule should reassure patients that suspicious symptoms will be investigated promptly and also help general practitioners with their referral decisions.
What does an urgent referral mean?
An urgent referral means that the patient will be offered an appointment at a hospital within two weeks. It is important when sending a referral letter that it is marked clearly as urgent or non-urgent.
What is the 2 week rule?
The 2 week rule (also called 2 week wait) is a referral for patients who have signs and symptoms that can be caused by cancer BUT in my experience, the majority of patients referred on this pathway do not have cancer.
Do doctors tell you if they suspect cancer?
Although it may yield new clues about different cancers, doctors still typically confirm the diagnosis with a biopsy. Tell your doctor if you’re at risk for a certain type of cancer or if cancer runs in your family. Together you can decide whether to test for certain biomarkers or to do other testing for the disease.
Should I be worried about an urgent referral?
It is normal to worry when you are urgently referred to see a specialist by your GP. However, more than 9 in every 10 people (90%) referred this way will not be diagnosed with cancer.
What is the 2 week rule NHS?
What does it mean to be urgently referred? An urgent two-week referral means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP) making the referral. As of April 1st 2010 you have a legal right to be seen by a specialist within this time.
Can a GP tell you if you have cancer?
If your GP thinks you may have cancer they will arrange some more tests, or send you to see a specialist doctor. There are cancer referral guidelines to help GPs decide who may need to see a specialist, and how quickly. There are many tests that can help doctors to find out what is wrong.
What is the hardest cancer to detect?
Like pancreatic cancer — kidney, or renal cell cancer — is hard to detect because there are few symptoms in the early stages of the disease, which affects 54,000 people in the U.S. per year. One of the earliest warning signs is discolored urine, or urine that has a high blood cell count.
Can a GP tell if a lump is cancer?
You should see your GP if you notice something that isn’t normal for you or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of cancer. They examine you and might refer you for tests or to a specialist. It’s unlikely that your GP will suspect that you have cancer of unknown primary (CUP) at this stage.
How long should I have to wait for an urgent referral?
If you don’t get your appointment details within a week, call your GP surgery and tell them it’s an urgent referral. You have a legal right to see a specialist within two weeks of being referred.