2020 Cancer SIG annual report

The SAPC Cancer Special Interest Group was established in late 2018, with the aim of establishing 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 mostly been meeting remotely to date, and exclusively so since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the UK.

COVID-19 has severely disrupted the SAPC Cancer SIG’s planned activities for 2020. We intended to hold face-to-face meetings at both the Cancer in Primary Care (CaPRI) network meeting in Oxford in April 2020 and the SAPC ASM in Leeds in July 2020. These meetings would have been for SIG members, as well as for attendees of either meeting who were interested in joining the SIG. With the cancellation of the Ca-PRI meeting and the change in format of the ASM, these meetings were not possible.

A further challenge for the SAPC Cancer SIG has been to define its role and target audience. There are various existing networks and collaborations, including Ca-PRI, the CanTest collaborative, and the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI), which include primary care cancer researchers and seek to improve cancer care in UK GP practices. A strength of SAPC is the engagement of a wide range of primary care researchers and support for early career researchers, and the SAPC Cancer SIG could well focus on cross-disciplinary research for early career academics in its future activities.

The SAPC Cancer SIG is working on new ways of engaging and expanding its membership through a variety of activities for SAPC members in 2021, through COVID-19 and beyond.

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