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Lung Cancer Research Project


originally posted by Northern Cancer Network on 2 November 2011 and updated 13 November 2014


This project centred on the identification of barriers to the early diagnosis and management of people with lung cancer in primary care and description of best practice solutions.

The project was a collaborative effort between the Northern Cancer Network, the Midland Cancer Network, Auckland District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Lakes District Health Board (Lakes DHB), Procare Networks Auckland and Manukau, Total Healthcare Otara, Tamaki Primary Health Organisation (PHO), Rotorua Area Primary Health Service, Pinnacle Taupo, several Maori groups within the Auckland and Lakes region, the New Zealand Guidelines Group and the University of Auckland.

The project assessed the lung cancer journey from first presentation to the health care system until diagnosis. It especially focussed on the barriers to optimal care within primary care and at the interface between primary and secondary care. The project builds on previous research in the Northern region on the secondary care management of lung

It also complements activities by the Northern Cancer Network and Midland Cancer Network to improve public awareness of early cancer symptoms and encourage early presentation to health services.

For further information visit the Northern Cancer Network website:


Community, Hospital, Primary Care

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Quality Improvement


Northern Cancer Network

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Dr Wendy Stevens