|Oral Cancer - Referral of Patients with Suspicious Lesions
The Pathway of Care shows how a patient with a (District General Hospital) and seen within 2 weeks (in the UK).
If the lesion is thought to be suspicious, then investigations, imaging ± biopsy are carried out.
The biopsy results are 'fast-tracked' and the patient would be seen with the histological results of the biopsy,
investigations & imaging results at the MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) meeting (held in my area, down at Maidstone
|The suspicious features that the GDP should be aware of are listed here (high-lighted in yellow); these are in a box
on the Rapid Referral Form.
|Last Updated 1st January 2020
|These are the referral forms for suspected neoplastic / mitotic lesions - these are filled out & sent electronically
When consulting with your patient it is important that you record clinical status, signs, symptoms, referral process &
what information & advice you gave the patient both verbally & in writing.
Records should be kept In-line with authoritative and professional guidance.
|A “best practice” Head & Neck referral (below)
|Information given to a patient should cover:
- What an urgent ‘Two Week’ referral is
- Why the patient is being referred to a 2nd care cancer service
- The percentage of urgent ‘Two Week’ referrals that are cancerous
- Which 2nd care cancer service the patient is being referred to
- How they will receive their appointment
- The importance of attendance
- Whether the patient can take someone with them
- What type of tests / investigations that might be carried out & how long it will take to get results & a diagnosis
- How to obtain further help & information about the type of oral cancer suspected
The above information should be discussed with the patient & a summary given in a written format for the patient to