Diagnosing Cancers at an Early Stage


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Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a type of faecal occult blood test used to detect traces of human blood in stool samples. As well as a primary test for in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) it is also a test to guide the management of individuals who present with symptoms (symptomatic) There are significant differences between each use of FIT which are important for health professionals to be aware of, for further information click here.

 The short film below provides FIT (symptomatic patients) information for the primary care team.

Completing a Symptomatic FIT Test – Information for Patients

The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) detects traces of human blood in pooh samples. It is used to find early bowel cancer by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and is a test for patients who attend their GP surgery with certain symptoms.

This short animation has been produced by the Northern Cancer Alliance for patients who have been asked to a complete a test by their GP because they have presented with certain symptoms.

2 Week Wait Referrals

One of the most important tools for the early diagnosis of cancer is the ‘two-week referral’. Primary and secondary care teams both play a crucial role in this process. Below is a selection of 2 Week Wait information films produced by County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

  • 2 Week Wait information film for primary care teams please click here.
  • 2 Week Wait information film for secondary care teams please click here.
  • 2 Week Wait information film for patients please click here.

Many thanks to the Trust for allowing us to share these films with colleagues and patients across the Alliance.


Safety Netting in General Practice

Safety netting in a general practice is way of ensuring that systems are in place to provide safe monitoring and follow-up for patients. It can help to reduce clinical risk, manage diagnostic uncertainty and support timely diagnosis of cancer.

The short film below provides an overview of the benefits of safety netting to the patient and the primary care team.