Cancer Factsheets for Healthcare Practitioners

Community pharmacies play an important role in reaching the NHS Long Term Plan target to increase the percentage of cancers diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 by 2028.

HEE commissioned an evaluation of the free online Let’s Communicate Cancer (LCC) course by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA). The evaluation found that the course helped to increase the confidence and basic knowledge of community pharmacy colleagues to help cancer patients from early diagnosis to treatment. The evaluation also identified further resources that pharmacists and their teams may find helpful.

Based on these findings, the HEE London Pharmacy team collaborated with BOPA to produce a series of cancer factsheets, which can be used either as a standalone resource but also supports the Let’s Communicate Cancer course.

The first in the series of cancer factsheets aims to refresh the knowledge of common cancer diseases seen in a community setting and focuses on the following areas:

Red flag symptoms - what to look out for with cancers in general

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Prostate cancer

Bowel cancer

Haematological malignancies

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Cancer Factsheets Series 1

The factsheets can be used as a learning aid when dealing with common cancer presentations and can be viewed online or downloaded individually or as a complete set. The factsheets have been developed so they may also be printed for fellow colleagues and patients to use.

Cancer Factsheets Series 1 Feedback Survey

We would value your feedback on the Cancer Factsheets Series 1 and would be grateful
if you can please complete the following short survey.

Patient Advocacy Groups

HEE and BOPA would like to acknowledge the support of the following Patient Advocacy Groups during the development of the first series of the cancer factsheets.