Referral for suspected cancer (CG27)
Recommendation 1.7.4 in this guideline has been updated and replaced by the recommendations in section 1.1 in Ovarian cancer: the diagnosis and initial management of ovarian cancer (NICE clinical guideline 122; published April 2011)
The NICE clinical guideline on referral for suspected cancer will help general practitioners (GPs) make decisions about when to refer people to specialists when they present with symptoms that could be caused by cancer. This guideline is not about treating cancer.
Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer. The National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care is no longer active.
This page was last updated: 05 March 2014
Information for the public
Consultation on review proposal with stakeholders: 13 December 2010 - 04 January 2011
Following the recent review recommendation, an update of this guideline is currently in the process of being scheduled into the work programme. Details of any update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage.
Implementation tools and resources
- Slide set
- Referral for suspected lung cancer: online educational tool
- Referral for suspected breast cancer: online educational tool
- Referral for suspected lower gastrointestinal tract cancer: online educational tool
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.