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The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are non-specific and are similar to symptoms of other less serious health issues. This often leads to considerable diagnostic delays for patients with pancreatic cancer. Recent studies have found that it often takes up to 6 visits to a GP before a patient receives a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Delays in diagnosis significantly impact patients and their families. It affects their quality of life and can result in a diagnosis in the later stages of the disease, making it much harder to treat. For these reasons, the Australian Optimal Care Pathway recommends early referral to a specialist physician, often before a GP has confirmed a diagnosis.

To assist GPs in achieving an early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, a working group of 12 clinicians (which included JFPCE affiliated clinicians) have developed a decision support tool to promote the earlier investigation of those with increased risk of pancreatic cancer. The decision support tool aims to help GP's diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier by suggesting diagnostic pathways based on combinations of symptoms and risk factors.

For GPs

GP decision support tool

The decision support tool aims to help GP's diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier by suggesting diagnostic pathways based on combinations of symptoms and risk factors.