2019 Conference Programme

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The 10th Anniversary of the CRUK Early Diagnosis Research Conference took place in February 2019. The slides and presentations can be found on this page.

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Monday 11th February

18:30   Two Parallel Sessions:

Early Career Researchers: Showcase of research into early diagnosis
CHAIR: Dr Katriina Whitaker, University of Surrey & Dr Fiona Reddington, Cancer Research UK


Predictive modelling of head and neck cancer from primary care electronic database records
Dr Paula Bradley, University of Sunderland and GP Trainee Northern Deanery
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Uptake and clinical outcomes of self-referred bowel-scope (flexible sigmoidoscopy)
Dr Robert Kerrison, University College London
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Diagnostic accuracy of FIT in patients urgently referred for colorectal cancer
Dr Cathrine Wildenschield Nielsen, Aarhus University

Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) to triage patients with lower abdominal symptoms for suspected colorectal cancer in primary care: review of international use and guidelines 
Dr Marije A Van Melle, University of Cambridge


Variation in cancer incidence by ethnicity across London in 2015
Bethany Wickramasinghe, Public Health England


Barriers and facilitators to primary care nursing professionals having ‘cancer early diagnosis-related discussions’
Hanna Skrobanski, University of Surrey
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Sharing insights: research and initiatives to improve public awareness and drive behaviour change
CHAIR: Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos, University College London


Be Clear on Cancer cross campaign analysis
Carolynn Gildea, Public Health England


Evaluation of the Be Clear on Cancer branded regional campaign to increase participation in bowel cancer screening in England
Katie Connor, Cancer Research UK
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Cancer alarm symptoms at presentation and associated stage at diagnosis
Dr Monica Koo, University College London 

Lessons from the Detect Cancer Early Programme in Scotland – results from a mixed-methods evaluation
Natalia Calanzani, University of Edinburgh



Welcome drinks reception and opening of the poster exhibition with speeches from Dr Jodie Moffat, Cancer Research UK and Jon Green, Bowel Cancer Survivor

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Tuesday 12th February

9:30 WELCOME​: Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis and Health Professional Engagement
  Cancer Research UK
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9:45 KEYNOTE: Professor Harry de Koning, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands
10:45 Emerging Evidence: A Spotlight on Lung Cancer
  CHAIR: Dr Mat Callister, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Malignancy probability for ground-glass opacities: Insights for U.S. nodule management guidelines from the National Lung Screening Trial 
Dr Hilary A. Robbins, U.S. National Cancer Institute and International Agency for Research on Cancer  


Psychological responses to a ‘real world’ demonstration lung cancer screening pilot when compared with an unscreened community sample 
Dr Samantha L Quaife, University College London 
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The role of chronic diseases in influencing symptom attribution and help-seeking for potential cancer symptoms: a vignette study 
Aradhna Kaushal, University College London 


Second and higher order smoking-related primary cancers following initial lung cancer: a population-based cohort study 
Dr Robert Rintoul, University of Cambridge
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Engaging high risk groups in early lung cancer detection: a qualitative study in the UK’s most deprived communities 
Dr Grace McCutchan, Cardiff University
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11:30 Break
11:50 KEYNOTE: Dr Jem Rashbass, Public Health England
Exploring and Using National Cancer Data for Patient Gain
: Dr Jem Rashbass

Association between use of urgent suspected cancer referral pathways, cancer patient survival and stage: a 5 year national cohort study 
Dr Thomas Round, Kings College London 
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Comparing primary care referrals and secondary care presentations using data from the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit: Understanding emergency pathways to diagnosis 
Dr Sean McPhail, Public Health England
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National Cancer Diagnosis Audit: avoidable delays to diagnosis 
Dr Ruth Swann, Cancer Research UK/Public Health England


Index of Suspicion: Predicting Cancer from National Population-based Prescribing Data 
Dr Josephine French, Public Health England
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Optional: ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Health Economics workshop
14:25 KEYNOTE: Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK
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14:40 KEYNOTE; Professor Robert Steele CBE, University of Dundee

Late Breaking Showcase
CHAIR: Professor Robert Steele CBE

Breath Testing for Gastrointestinal Cancers in Primary Care - The Breath MAGIC (Models for Assessment of GI Cancers) study
Dr Georgia Woodfield, Imperial College London

A potential role of a machine learning algorithm as a safety netting tool for patients who complete a FIT test
Mr Michael Machesney & James Croft, UCLH Cancer Collaborative

15:30 Break
15:45 KEYNOTE: Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE
The importance of screening and early diagnosis in improving cancer survival in England
16:00 Targeted breast screening and care: developments and insights to shape the future for patients with breast cancer
  CHAIR: Prof Sir Mike Richards CBE

Implementing risk estimation and risk stratified screening into the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHS BSP): views of healthcare professionals on feasibility 
Dr Louise Donnelly, Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
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Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) – ready for prime time in Breast Cancer?
Professor Gareth Evans, University of Manchester 
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Psychological impact of providing women with personalized ten-year breast cancer risk estimates 
Professor David French, University of Manchester
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16:45 PANEL DEBATE: Accelerating innovation and advancements in research
CHAIR: David Crosby, Cancer Research UK
17:30 Reflections from day one
  Prof Sir Mike Richards CBE & Sara Hiom
17:40 Optional Parallel Workshops:

Accelerating the pace of scientific progress through access to data
Rachael Brannan, Public Health England, Office for Data Release


CRUK funding opportunities and advice: Population research and research careers team
Dr Yarunessa Khan & Dr Victoria Walker, Cancer Research UK
Dr Katriina Whitaker, University of Surrey

19:30 Anniversary dinner with 10 Year Anniversary awards

Wednesday 13th February

9:30 KEYNOTE: Professor Willie Hamilton CBE, University of Exeter

Improving earlier diagnosis: reflections and projections from primary care
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: Prof Willie Hamilton CBE


Using innovative qualitative methods to understand the GP/patient conversation in primary care 
Dr Georgia Black, University College London
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Improving the early diagnosis of Upper GI (UGI) & intra-abdominal malignancies: Findings of a pilot pathway, utilising Physician Associate (PA) Telephone Assessment Clinics (TAC) in patients with concerning symptoms, not meeting the Two-Week Rule (TWR) Criteria
Mr Alexander Thomson, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Exploring the impact of changes in NICE suspected-cancer referral guidelines on time to diagnosis 
Dr Sarah Price, University of Exeter
Integrating multiparametric MRI into prostate cancer diagnostic pathways within the NHS and internationally – a diagnostic pathways mapping study
Dr Sam Merriel, University of Exeter 

Risk of cancer and repeated urgent referral after negative investigation for cancer 
Dr Henry Jensen, Aarhus University

10:55 Break
11:10 KEYNOTE: Cally Palmer CBE, NHS England & The Royal Marsden
11:25 PANEL DEBATE: Accelerating Shifts in Stage

CHAIR: Professor Greg Rubin
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12:10 Working Lunch: Spotlight on Cancer Pathways 
  CHAIR: Gregor McNie, Cancer Research UK
A Platform for Improvement: Implementing a Single Cancer Pathway in Wales 
Professor Tom Crosby OBE, Wales Cancer Network

Effective Cancer Management Framework: The power of working in Partnership
Margaret Kelly, Scottish Government 
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The Long-Term Plan and Early Diagnosis
David Fitzgerald, NHS England

13:25 Two Parallel sessions:

Spotlight: Cervical Screening
CHAIR: Dr Richard Roope, Cancer Research UK


HPV knowledge and perceived understanding of results among women taking part in the primary HPV testing pilot in England
Professor Jo Waller, University College London


Could changing the screening infrastructure help women realise their cervical screening intentions? A population-based survey of invitation and booking preferences 
Mairead Ryan, University College London 


Increasing the perceived relevance of cervical screening in older women
Dr Laura Marlow, University College London 


As we move into the age of HPV Primary Screening, will myths and stigmas associated with HPV risk put women off attending their smear test? 
Robert Music, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
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Emerging Evidence from Multi-Diagnostic Centres in the UK
CHAIR: Dr Henry Jensen, Aarhus University


Investigate diagnostic pathways of patients presenting with non-specific but concerning symptoms
Clare Pearson, Cancer Research UK 
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Combining ACE Programme evaluation data and experiential learning to support Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centre development 
Dave Chapman, Cancer Research UK 


The Oxford Suspected CANcer (SCAN) Pathway: Results from the first 200 patients 
Dr Brian Nicholson, University of Oxford

From Denmark to Wales, our rapid diagnostic clinic
Dr Gareth Davies, Wales Cancer Network, Dr Heather Wilkes, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Cwm Taf Heath Boards and Dr Bernadette Sewell, Swansea University
14:25 Three Parallel Sessions:

Using Local Data to Drive Progress
CHAIR: Lucy Elliss-Brookes, Public Health England

Creating an East Midlands specific cancer data hub that could be used by all stakeholders 
James Jones, East Midlands Cancer Alliance
Analysis of referral to first treatment pathways by Cancer Alliance using 2017/18 cancer waiting times (CWT) data for colorectal, lung and prostate cancers 
Lucy Young, NHS England
What can be achieved by using local data and sharing results nationally? Results from a process evaluation of the Detect Cancer Early Programme in Scotland
Natalia Calanzani, University of Edinburgh

Considering the impact of early diagnosis: recurrences and secondary cancers
CHAIR: Dr Rosie Loftus, Macmillan Cancer Support


Understanding pathways to diagnosis of a second primary cancer: qualitative interviews with patients and GPs 
Dr Christine Campbell, University of Edinburgh


Examining the safety and effectiveness of PSA monitoring in primary care after discharge from hospital-based follow-up: implications for early diagnosis of recurrent prostate cancer in Manchester 
Helen Johnson, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust 
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Evaluation of the efficacy of MRI follow-up of Breast Cancer patients 
Danny Kazzazi, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Use of general practice and hospital services in the year preceding a diagnosis of cancer recurrence or second primary cancer: a population-based register study 
Dr Henry Jensen, Aarhus University


FIT in Symptomatic: Emerging evidence and opportunities
CHAIR: Dr Lance Saker, Transforming Cancer Services Team & Cancer Research UK

Implementing FIT for symptomatic patients in London
Dr Lance Saker, Transforming Cancer Services Team

Establishing the optimum threshold value for haemoglobin in faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) for use in the primary care symptomatic population: South West Cancer Alliance FIT programme evaluation
Dr Sarah ER Bailey, University of Exeter  


Experience of adopting faecal immunochemical testing to meet the NICE colorectal cancer referral criteria for low-risk symptomatic primary care patients in Oxfordshire, UK
Dr Brian Nicholson, University of Oxford 


FIT in Symptomatic Patients: Pilot and Interim Results from the NICE FIT Study
Nigel D’Souza, Croydon University Hospital & Royal Marsden Partners

15:25 Break
15:40 KEYNOTE: Mr John Butler, The Royal Marsden
  Improving outcomes in ovarian cancer – can the UK close the survival gap?

Evidence to make a difference in rare and less common cancers
CHAIR: Jane Lyons, Cancer52


Missed opportunities for diagnosing brain tumours in primary care? Findings from a qualitative study
Dr Fiona Walter, University of Cambridge 
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Quality of the Diagnostic Process in Patients Presenting with Symptoms Suggestive of Bladder or Kidney Cancer: A Systematic Review 
Dr Yin Zhou, University of Cambridge 


Presenting symptoms and time to presentation among teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer: emerging findings from the BRIGHTLIGHT cohort 
Dr Monica Koo, University College London  

16:45 Poster prize giving
  Reflections and Close:  Professor Willie Hamilton CBE & Sara Hiom

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