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Successful National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative (NAEDI) funding application

Cancer Research UK have recently confirmed a project award to Professor Jessica Corner (lead), Dr Lucy Brindle, Dr Richard Wagland, Dr Mike Moore (UoS) and Prof. Sue Wilson (University of Birmingham) for a research study entitled Symptom prevalence and help seeking among patient at risk of lung cancer: an exploratory feasibility study in a primary care population.

The study will focus upon the most challenging area for the NAEDI, that of addressing the problem of late presentation of primary care patients at risk of cancer, and thus promises to be a significant addition to the current evidence base. It will do this by firstly exploring the help-seeking behaviours of individuals experiencing symptoms that might indicate lung cancer, and secondly, by examining whether a short symptom and risk assessment questionnaire could be used in a primary care setting to identify individuals who might benefit from GP review, thus prompting individuals to attend for assessment and potentially could be developed as an intervention to promote earlier diagnosis of lung cancer.

The study proposal was submitted to the second call of research proposals for the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI), and complements an on-going NIHR funded feasibility study (led by Lucy Brindle and Sue Wilson) to evaluate a symptom and risk assessment questionnaire (IPCARD) and identify symptoms with diagnostic value for lung cancer diagnosis.

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