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Dr Brian Nicholson featured in the session on optimising the management of suspected cancer in primary care

This year’s Cancer Research UK Early Diagnosis Research Conference moved to a virtual series with four sessions focused on difference aspects of the field.

On Wednesday 24th February, OxCODE researcher Dr Brian Nicholson (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences) joined speakers from the University of Exeter and University College London to discuss their work on optimising the management of suspected cancer in primary care. They were joined by Oxfordshire-based CRUK patient representative and supporter, Patrick McGuire.

Dr Nicholson presented data showing the changes during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in GP consultations and urgent referrals for a variety of red flag and non-specific symptoms of cancer. He also contributed to discussions on the use of the faecal immunochemical test and safety netting in primary care.