Resources for GPs
Pancreatic cancer is a difficult disease to diagnose. It often presents late and with vague or non-specific symptoms. The resources provided here will raise your awareness of pancreatic cancer and provide resources of your practice and patients to support them throughout their journey.
On this page you will find information about: e-learning , resource packs, NICE diagnostic and referral guidelines, EMIS risk tool, GP seminar and how to stay in touch.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is the first UK charity to work with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to develop free online training on pancreatic cancer.
You will be awarded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for taking part in the course and though you need to register yourself, you do not need to be a RCGP member. The module is based on a video case study format and will allow you to see a variety of disease presentations, both typical and atypical and responses.
GP resource pack
We have created a free pack specifically for GP’s with a range of free resources including information on our free RCGP accredited e-learning module, as well as diagnostic guidelines and a symptom diary for patients.
Nice diagnostic and referral guidelines
NICE referral guidelines for pancreatic cancer were updated in June 2015 with specific management guidelines updated in 2018.
Pancreatic cancer referral
Refer people using a suspected cancer referral (for an appointment within 2 weeks) for pancreatic cancer if they are aged over 40 and have new jaundice. Consider an urgent direct access CT scan (to be performed within 2 weeks), or an urgent ultrasound scan if CT is unavailable, to assess for pancreatic cancer in people aged 60 and over with weight loss and any of the following:
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- New-onset diabetes
Pancreatic Cancer risk tool
Users of EMIS can request a free download from Primary Care Pathways of the Pancreatic Cancer risk tool, created in association with Pancreatic Cancer Action. The tool, based on NICE guidelines, provides an alert for patients with red flag symptoms for pancreatic cancer. The alert notifies you of the risk of pancreatic cancer and suggests some next steps.
New-onset type 2 diabetes not associated with a high BMI is a key sign of pancreatic cancer and can present up to 2 years prior to a diagnosis being made. Pancreatic Cancer Action are currently developing an audit on the assessment of patients with unexpected type 2 diabetes for pancreatic cancer.
If you would like to be one of the first to receive this and help us pilot it, please sign up to our e-newsletter and select ‘diabetes audit as one of your areas of interest.
Pancreatic cancer medical reference chart
A4 medicine have produced a free to download chart describing the risks, symptoms and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The chart is useful in the diagnosis and management of patients with pancreatic cancer. It contains key information on one A4 page that can be displayed in your practise and shared with colleagues.
If you would like to arrange a seminar for your GP practise or for other clinicians in your area, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 0404 1770
News and updates
We would love to keep you up to date with the work we are doing with Healthcare Professionals to help diagnose pancreatic cancer sooner. Our Healthcare Professional Newsletter is for anyone in the healthcare sector who is interested in knowing:
- The latest news about pancreatic cancer including statistics and research
- New resources from Pancreatic Cancer Action for you and your team
- How you can help with early diagnosis and get involved with Pancreatic Cancer Action including all our new healthcare campaigns