Top Tips in Skin Cancer
  1. If in doubt, refer it.
  2. Do not biopsy moles.
  3. Melanocytic lesions nearly all require dermatoscopic interpretation.
  4. Always examine the whole patient. 5% of patients have a skin cancer that is hidden.
  5. Do not freeze lesions unless you are sure of the diagnosis.
  6. AK’s that bleed may be superficial BCC’s.
  7. Always pick off crust if you can, to assess what may lurk underneath.
  8. Send all specimens for histology.
  9. Emphasize the need for sun protection.
  10. Use free text in the referral form to detail the history and the procedure done.
Patient Pathway

General practitioners should follow guidelines for referral as found in the skin specific measures. All patients with scc, melanoma and high risk BCC should be referred to secondary care.

Patients referred with suspected skin cancer are reviewed by the Dermatology Department or Max/Fax Department. Where appropriate an outpatient appointment is offered by telephone. The patient attends the appointment where appropriate  investigations are arranged. The results are discussed at MDT and a treatment plan formulated. The patient is seen in clinic with the CNS for the outcome of the results. On-going treatment is then planned and agreed with the patient.

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Palliative Care - Top Tips - GHFT

Please follow the resource link below to the End of Life section for GHFT's top tips for palliative care.