Faecal Immunochemical Testing News


George Alagiah: Better screening ‘might have caught cancer’

BBC news presenter George Alagiah says his bowel cancer could have been caught earlier if the screening programme in England was the same as in Scotland. The 62-year-old was first treated in April 2014 and returned to screen after 18 months, but he confirmed the stage four cancer had come back in 2017. Screening is

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‘One-stop shops’ Set to Speed Up Cancer Diagnosis

A news article by the BBC on the pilot of ‘one-stop shops’ for cancer diagnosis in patients with unclear symptoms. Cally Palmer, national director for Cancer at NHS England, says the new centres could play a key role in improving diagnosis and treatment. “Early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives and providing peace of mind

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Engaging Primary Care in Bowel Screening

GP Good Practice Guide – Scotland Version Cancer Research UK has a wealth of information surrounding faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) and its recent implementation in the Scottish bowel cancer screening programme.  This GP good practice guide on “engaging primary care in bowel screening”, with safety netting advice and a patient pathway, is a very useful

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The sugar-attaching enzyme that defines colon cancer

Researchers have identified an enzyme that is absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells, according to a report in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The enzyme appears to drive the conversion of normal colon tissue into cancer by attaching sugar molecules, or glycans, to certain proteins in

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The NICE FIT Study aims to test a minimum of 5500 patients to create a robust evidence base

The NICE FIT Study is a pioneering new research project in Bowel Cancer Care that has been initiated by the department of Colorectal Surgery at Croydon University Hospital and RM Partners Accountable Cancer Network in South and West London. Evidence from studies conducted around the world has suggested that FIT could rule out bowel cancer

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Cancer Research UK launches video showing users in Scotland how to do the Bowel Cancer Screening Test

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Simplified process to increase Bowel Cancer screening uptake in Scotland

Thousands more people across Scotland will benefit from the roll-out of a new and easier Bowel Cancer screening test that can detect the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

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NICE DG30 Declares Faecal Immunochemical Testing FIT for Purpose

The long awaited NICE Guidance DG30 on “Quantitative faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) to guide referral for colorectal cancer in primary care” was published in July 2017.

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