2019 Cancer SIG annual report

The SAPC Cancer Special Interest Group has re-established itself over the last 12 months, following approval in late 2018. The SIG aims to establish a network of interdisciplinary primary care researchers within SAPC who hold an interest in primary care cancer research, and to provide a supportive environment to share ideas to develop new collaborations and research questions that can be pursued.

The SAPC Cancer SIG has convened a core committee of epidemiologists, clinicians and health economists from six different institutions in England. We have met regularly via conference calls and face-to-face meetings to agree plans on delivering on the SIGs objectives. The SIG delivered a successful workshop on health economic evaluation of diagnostic tests, using colorectal cancer as an exemplar, at the SAPC Annual Scientific Meeting in Exeter in July 2019. Attendance at the workshop was small in number, but attendees were well engaged with the activities of the workshop and also shared their ideas about the future of the SIG.

We have written a response piece to a recent article published in the Lancet Oncology.

Nicholson BD, Shinkins B, Price S, Verbakel JY, Merriel SWD. National cancer control plans. Lancet Oncol. 2018;19(12):e665. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30830-1

Through these early outputs, we feel the Cancer SIG has started to make an impact within SAPC and in the field of primary care cancer research.

Affiliation with SAPC has been helpful in re-establishing the Cancer SIG. It has made it much easier to reach other primary care academics through the SAPC networks, and identify those with a common interest. Establishing an online web presence without needing to create a new website from scratch has also made the group’s activities easier. We are developing a mailing list (currently 21 SAPC members) who have expressed an interest in the SIG’s activities.

Moving forward, we want to continue to identify opportunities to make contributions to the scientific debate about the best ways to improve cancer outcomes through primary care. We are planning to have a presence at the next SAPC ASM, and the Ca-PRI meeting in Oxford in April 2020. We will also work closely with our current SIG members to generate new ideas and collaborations that SAPC members can pursue with our support.

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