ACUTE TEAMS RESPOND TO EMERGENCY CANCER CALL

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Abstract

Acutely ill cancer patients who present at A&E can receive inadequate care. Innovative acute oncology services are being introduced to fill gaps in emergency staff's knowledge and ensure rapid referral to appropriate care.

Specialist support is helping A&E staff to enhance the care of their patients, reports Mary-Claire Mason

In the past ten years there has been a 30 per cent increase in patients admitted to hospital with cancer-related emergencies, says Ernie Marshall, leading acute oncologist at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, which provides tertiary cancer services in Merseyside and Cheshire.

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