Events

Red Whale Cancer Update

Red Whale are putting on a cancer update session for all GPs within the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale locality. During this session they covered:

We consider:

  • Early diagnosis: Why is it so difficult and how we can shift the balance in favour of our patients?
  • Lifestyle advice: is it really worth it?
  • Cancer screening: Is early detection worth the burden of over diagnosis? How do we discuss this complex idea with patients?
  • Cancer as a long term condition – what are the needs of your patients and what are the learning needs of your team?

We also focus in detail on some tricky areas:

  • Difficult to spot cancers e.g. myeloma, lymphoma, renal tract cancers, sarcoma.
  • Tumour markers: When and how to use them.
  • Is aspirin the new cancer wonder drug?

And a Red Whale course wouldn’t be complete with lots of practical tips to go home with:

  • Identifying a relevant cancer family history and what to do with it!
  • How to follow up pre-cancerous conditions like Barrett’s oesophagus.
  • Identifying a teachable moment and making the most of it.
  • How to do a really good cancer care review.
  • Find out which cancer treatment reduces fatigue, improves bone density, mental health and quality of life – and has no side effects.
  • Best practice prescribing in ‘End of life care’ including how to make sense of all the different morphine preparations and how to sort out intractable hiccups.
  • Lots of case studies to embed your knowledge in a patient story – the way most of us learn best! 

The Red Whale Cancer Update was a success with our GP's from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

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