Diagnosis of cancer depends on ‘offering the right patient, the right test at the right time, and in the right setting’. Patients and their providers in primary care need better evidence on how to improve detection of cancer. 

We are prioritizing ‘difficult to diagnose’ cancers, such as lung, ovary, pancreas, myeloma, exploring various point of care tests and biomarkers, as well as applications of new/existing imaging technologies.  

Mentoring the next generation of cancer researchers focused in this space is also important Through the International School for Cancer Detection Research in Primary Care, we are developing and mentoring future cancer research leaders to help them establish personal research programs.  


Variation in the initial assessment and investigation for ovarian cancer in symptomatic women: a systematic review of international guidelines.

Funston G, Van Melle M, Baun ML, Jensen H, Helsper C, Emery J, Crosbie EJ, Thompson M, Hamilton W, Walter FM. BMC Cancer. 2019 Nov 1;19(1):1028. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6211-2.

Patient-Centered Outcomes From Multiparametric MRI and MRI-Guided Biopsy for Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review.

Merriel SWD, Hardy V, Thompson MJ, Walter FM, Hamilton W .J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Apr;17(4):486-495. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.08.031. Epub 2019 Sep 18.

Evaluating diagnostic strategies for early detection of cancer: the CanTest framework.

Walter FM, Thompson MJ, Wellwood I, Abel GA, Hamilton W, Johnson M, Lyratzopoulos G, Messenger MP, Neal RD, Rubin G, Singh H, Spencer A, Sutton S, Vedsted P, Emery JD. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jun 14;19(1):586. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5746-6.PMID: 31200676

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