Recommendation ID

Primary care testing:- Diagnostic accuracy studies of tests accessible to primary care should be carried out for a given cancer in symptomatic people. Priority areas for research should include tests for people with cough, non-visible haematuria, suspected prostate cancer, suspected pancreatic cancer, suspected cancer in childhood and young people and other suspected rare cancers. Outcomes of interest are the performance characteristics of the test, particularly sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- There is very little information currently available on the diagnostic accuracy of tests available in primary care for people with suspected cancer. These studies will inform clinicians on the choice of investigation for symptomatic patients.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Suspected cancer: recognition and referral
Date issued
June 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No