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GPs urged to suspect cancer in over-60s with weight loss


So your obese 65 yr old has lost a stone in 3 months due to “lifestyle change” and is chuffed. You ignore it. 9 months later he is diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. Then you receive the complaint that you failed to do a 2WW referral when he could have been successfully treated. After all, didn’t you see the “weight loss in the elderly” advice in 2018? The cancer retrospectoscope will skewer many GPs who “failed” to 2WW refer patients with the vaguest symptoms. The end result will be OPDs swamped with inappropriate referrals...... and who’s fault will that be???

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11 Apr 2018

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