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In 2010, a group of Macmillan GP advisers identified key information that would be helpful to them at the end of a patient’s initial cancer treatment. The GPs had been receiving multiple forms of communication from colleagues in secondary care and lacked a simple summary of a patient’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and an ongoing management plan.
To improve this situation, the Treatment Summary template was designed by the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative| (NCSI).
The Treatment Summary is a document produced by secondary cancer care professionals at the end of treatment and sent to the patient’s GP. It provides important information for GPs, including possible treatment toxicities, information about side effects and/or consequences of treatment, signs and symptoms of a recurrence and any actions for the GP.
The Treatment Summary was positively received in both primary and secondary care. 80% of GPs found the summary ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’. Over 50% felt it would make a difference to the way they managed patients, and 90% wanted its use to continue.
The majority of hospital clinicians recognised the value of recording what could be months of treatment and holistic care into a concise summary. One clinician commented that he felt, ‘it made us document and communicate better’, another thought it to be ‘excellent’.
An updated version of the Treatment Summary has been developed for wider use. It can be found together with a user guide at ncsi.org.uk It can be formatted to suit local community or IT systems, however the key headings, GP READ codes and
NCSI acknowledgements should be maintained.
Click here to download The Treatment Summary [PDF TO BE ADDED].
Part two - A secondary care perspective
Part three - A primary care perspective
Part four - Policy
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