Cancer and Palliative Care workshop at WONCA conference in Lisbon

Dear members of the WONCA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Cancer and Palliative Care (and other interested colleagues)

We are happy to announce a symposium we will conduct during the next WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon. In the preliminary program our symposium is scheduled on Thursday morning, 3 July: 9.00-10.30

The symposium will cover the following topics:

Latest evidence in early diagnosis, screening and survivorship

1. Screening and primary care (David Weller, United Kingdom)
• New challenges, new tests – how can primary care respond to a changing landscape in cancer screening?
• International differences in the role of primary care in cancer screening
• How can family doctors and primary care teams improve uptake and informed choice in cancer screening?

2. Early cancer diagnosis in primary care (Peter Vedsted, Denmark)
• Diagnostic intervals in primary care – are they too long?
. International differences in diagnosing colorectal cancer
• Do prolonged cancer diagnostic intervals lead to worse patient outcomes?
• Tips for reducing diagnostic intervals in your patients

3. After diagnosis: issues for the family doctor (Annette Berendsen, Netherlands)
• Do patients with cancer keep seeing their GP?
• One of your patients has been diagnosed with cancer. What next? What should be your role as a GP?
• Substitution of follow-up care from secondary to primary care: what are the possibilities and conditions?

The talks will be a combination of recent research with 'practical tips' for family doctors. At the conclusion of the talks, we will have an interactive discussion.

The symposium will include a 5 to 10 minute 'SIG Business' component, in which we explain the aims of the WONCA Cancer & Pallitiave Care SIG, and ask for suggestions about the SIG.

If your colleagues are interested please forward this email to them. If they want to become a member of our SIG they can visit the website and join us.

We hope to see you in Lisbon!

Kind regards
David Weller, convenor
Annette Berendsen, co-convenor