In the three months leading to diagnosis, patients will often see a GP four or more times before a diagnosis of lung cancer is made. Symptoms of lung cancer are often vague and non-specific, which can make both patient awareness and diagnosis in primary care challenging.
Health professionals working in primary care are integral to the early detection of lung cancer, as most patients with lung cancer first present to primary care settings.
Lung Foundation Australia, in collaboration with Cancer Australia, has released accredited clinical learning e-modules, based on Cancer Australia’s Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals.
The e-modules use clinical scenario-based learning to increase confidence among health professionals to recognise symptoms and signs of lung cancer, and support early and rapid referral of symptomatic patients into the multidisciplinary diagnostic pathway.
The modules highlight the importance of providing culturally safe and appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the scenarios span multiple geographical settings, demonstrating the unique challenges of caring for people with lung cancer in rural and remote areas.
The modules have received accreditation from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), with health professionals able to gain accreditation of 40 RACGP CPD points.
Sign up for the modules here: https://lungfoundation.com.au/health-professionals/conditions/lung-cancer/diagnosis/