|Oral Cancer -
Referral of Patients with Suspicious
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 Hospital, Kent).
|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.
I find the only problem with this pro-forma is that the lettering is too small so that
when this is faxed, details are lost; also, if filled out by hand, it is often illegible.
Communication is everything so if details are lost / illegible, you are doing the
patient a disservice and possibly yourself. It requires minimal effort to fill in and
can possibly save your patient’s life.
If you need copies of this, you can download copies from this web address.
|Last Updated 5th May 2016
|Warning Features suggestive of Oral Cancer