2017 Early Diagnosis Research Conference: Programme and materials

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The theme for the 2017 early diagnosis research conference was: Investigating, Innovating and Implementing.

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Thursday 23rd February 2017

08:15 – 09:15

Registration and refreshments

09:15 – 09:25



Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis & Cancer Intelligence, Cancer Research UK

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09:25 – 09:45

Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO, Cancer Research UK


Driving Improvements in Early Diagnosis 

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CHAIR: Professor Chris Harrison, National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England

09:45 – 09:55

Amanda Dibden, Queen Mary University of London


Screen detection of ductal carcinoma in situ and subsequent incidence of invasive interval breast cancers: a retrospective population-based study

09:55 – 10:05

Rosie Hinchliffe, Cancer Research UK


Increasing participation in bowel cancer screening in Wales

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10:05 – 10:15

Roberta Maroni, Queen Mary University of London


Are second timed appointments for non-attenders effective in increasing participation to breast cancer screening?

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10:15 – 10:25

Dr Christian Von Wagner, University College London


Text-message Reminders in Colorectal Cancer Screening (TRICCS): A randomised controlled trial

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10:25 – 10:55

Chaired panel discussion with session speakers joined by Professor Robert Steele & Dr Anne Mackie

10:55 – 11:15

KEYNOTE: Professor Patrick Bossuyt, University of Amsterdam


The evaluation of new markers for early detection: from accuracy to consequences

11:15 – 11:35

Refreshment break



11:35 – 11:45

CHAIR: Dr Katriina Whitaker, University of Surrey

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11:45 – 11:55

Dr Anjan Dhar, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


The clinical and service impact of the national oesophago-gastric cancer awareness campaign: a locality analysis from County Durham

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11:55 – 12:05

Dr Rachel Dommett, University of Bristol


"Too young to get cancer?" Understanding the challenge of achieving a timely diagnosis for teenagers and young adults (TYA) in the South West of England

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12:05 – 12:15

Dr Cristina Renzi, University College London


Is help-seeking for cancer alarm symptoms influenced by comorbidities? A population-based survey in England

12:15 – 12:25

Dr Tanimola Martins, University of Exeter


Ethnic variations in the use of primary care among men with symptoms suggestive of prostate cancer: a multi-methods study

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12:25 – 12:40

Q&A with session speakers

12:40 – 14:00

Lunch and poster viewing

14:00 – 14:20

KEYNOTE: Professor Peter Johnson, Chief Clinician, Cancer Research UK


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14:20 – 14:30

CHAIR: Professor Aileen Keel, Director, Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP)

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14:30 – 14:40

Matthew Barclay, University of Cambridge


Missing data and chance variation in public reporting of cancer stage at diagnosis for different organisational geographies in England

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14:40 – 14:50

Patrick Muller, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Evaluating metrics suitable for timely surveillance of variation in early diagnosis by Clinical Commissioning Groups

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14:50 – 15:00

Lucy Young, National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service and Transforming Cancer Services Partnership


Practice Profiles Plus: a resource for facilitating health professionals’ understanding of cancer metrics

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15:00 – 15:30

Chaired panel discussion with session speakers joined by Dr Gary Abel & Dr Anthony Brzezicki

15:30 – 15:50

Refreshment break



15:50 – 16:00

Tom Haswell



16:00 – 16:20

Mrs Celia Ingham Clark, Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England


16:20 – 18:20

Poster viewing and evening networking session

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Friday 24th February 2017

08:00 – 08:45

Registration, refreshments and poster viewing

08:45 – 09:00

KEYNOTE: Professor Willie Hamilton, University of Exeter

Recent effects of primary care improvement in cancer diagnosis’

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09:00 – 09:15

KEYNOTE: Dr Fiona Walter, University of Cambridge


The next paradigm in cancer diagnosis: introducing the CanTest Collaborative

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09:15 – 09:20

CHAIR: Dr Jodie Moffat, Head of Early Diagnosis, Cancer Research UK

09:20 – 09:30

Dr Gary Abel, University of Exeter


Predictors of practice level-variation in use of urgent referrals for suspected cancer and endoscopies in English primary care

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09:30 – 09:40

Jeremy Brown, Imperial College London


Symptom at presentation and risk of proximal versus distal colorectal cancer

09:40 – 09:50

Tania Seale, Bangor University


Diagnostic Journeys in Myeloma (DJiM)

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09:50 – 10:00

Dr Andrew Millar, North Middlesex Hospital


Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE): Findings of the first Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centre pilot

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10:00 – 10:15

Q&A with session speakers

10:15 – 10:35

Refreshment break

10:35 – 10:55

KEYNOTE: Professor Niek De Wit, University Medical Centre Utrecht


Diagnosing colorectal cancer in primary care; can we do better?

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10:55 – 11:15

KEYNOTE & CHAIR: Professor Jon Emery, University of Melbourne


The Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes Trial? What does it tell us about symptom awareness campaigns and GP educational interventions?

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11:15 – 11:25

Professor Peter Vedsted, Aarhus University


ICBP: From first symptom to treatment for breast, lung, colorectal and ovarian cancers – an international comparative study

11:25 – 11:35

Professor Sue Ziebland, University of Oxford


The Good Citizen with cancer: managing an ambivalence in Sweden, Denmark and the UK

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11:35 – 11:45

Dr Henry Jensen, Aarhus University


Prognostic consequences of implementing cancer patient pathways in Denmark among symptomatic cancer patients in primary care: a comparative cohort study

11:45 – 12:00

Q&A with session speakers

12:00 – 12:20

KEYNOTE: Dr Georgios Lyratzopoulos, University College London


The epidemiology of cancer diagnosis: Current problems, future directions

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13:40 – 13:50

CHAIR: Dr Jem Rashbass, ‎National Director for Disease Registration, Public Health England

13:50 – 14:00

Nicola Barnstaple, Scottish Government


Detect Cancer Early – evidencing an effective approach to reducing health inequalities

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14:00 – 14:10

Dr Laura Woods, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


No ‘cure’ within 12 years of diagnosis amongst breast cancer patients who are diagnosed via mammographic screening: women diagnosed in the West Midlands region of England 1989-2011

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14:10 – 14:20

Dr Chiara Di Girolamo, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (late-breaking)


The impact on survival of cancer waiting times from referral to first specialist consultation, diagnosis and treatment for selected cancers in England, 2009-2013

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14:20 – 14:35

Q&A with session speakers

14:35 – 14:55

KEYNOTE: Dr Anne Mackie, Director of Programmes for the UK National Screening Committee, Public Health England


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14:55 – 15:10

Refreshment break



15:10 – 15:20

CHAIR: Dr Mat Callister, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

15:20 – 15:30

Dr Kate Brain, Cardiff University


Impact of low dose computed tomography screening on smoking cessation among high risk participants in the UK Lung Cancer Screening trial

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15:30 – 15:40

Clare Pearson, ACE programme (Cancer Research UK – Public Health England Partnership)


Investigation of variation in optimal pre-diagnostic pathways in lung cancer patients in 2013 & 2014 using cancer registrations and the diagnostic imaging dataset

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15:40 – 15:50

Dr Lucy Brindle, University of Southampton


Prevalence of potential lung cancer symptoms in community, primary and secondary care populations using a standardised symptoms, risk and comorbidity questionnaire: a prospective study

15:50 – 16:00

Dr Edward Gaynor, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)


Liverpool Healthy Lung Project: a proactive approach to finding undiagnosed early stage lung cancers in neighbourhoods with higher levels of socioeconomic deprivation

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16:00 – 16:30

Chaired panel discussion with session speakers joined by Professor David Baldwin & Dr Anne Mackie



16:30 – 16:40

Richard Stephens




16:40 – 16:50

Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis & Cancer Intelligence, Cancer Research UK & Richard Stephens



16:50 – 17:00

Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis & Cancer Intelligence, Cancer Research UK


Conference close

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List of all posters

Poster-7_Sunil-Dolwani_Community based robotic colonoscopy

Poster-13_Katie-Haddock_Evaluation of Be Clear on Cancer Campaigns

Poster-17_Jennifer-Armstrong_Global Processing in Radiology

Poster-18_Trish-Green_Using screening as a ‘teachable moment

Poster-22_Rebecca-Case-Upton_Kidney cancer screening need

Poster-25_Julie-Tucker_Train the trainer model to inform people with a learning disability

Poster-32_Julie-Tucker_Reducing inequalities in bowel cancer screening

Poster-33_Stephanie-Smits_Targeted awareness interventions for socioeconomically deprived communities

Poster-34_ Grace-McCutchan_Lung Cancer Awareness Intervention

Poster-35_Bridget-England_Primary care findings

Poster-38-Tina-George_EPs in Coastal West Sussex and Hastings and Rother CCGs

Poster-42_Natalia-Calanzani Monteiro_Evaluating the Detect Cancer Early Programme in Scotland

Poster-51_James-Jones_ACE programme East Midlands evaluation

Poster-52-Zara-Gross_Primary care referral in London

Poster-53_Richard-Neal_Findings from early phase work of the ‘WICKED’

Poster-60_Rebecca-Rennison_Awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer

Poster-61_Elaine-Kidney_Understanding GP delays in diagnosis of colorectal cancer

Poster-73_Elka-Humphrys_Exploration of the Pathway to Oesophageal and Stomach Cancer Diagnosis

Poster-78_Annie-Hendry_Delayed presentation of potential symptoms of lung cancer in smokers

Poster-80_Osaretin-Oviasu_Stage at diagnosis for head and neck cancer

Poster-82_Leanne-Crook_Talk Cancer training for pharmacy teams

Poster-84_Joseph-Akanuwe_Use of QCancer in the primary care

Poster-86_Mamta-Bajre_Cost-effectiveness of radiographer reporting for lung cancer diagnosis

Posters_93-101_Cancer-Intelligence_Various topics

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