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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07646: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the average time from the onset of symptoms to the point of diagnosis is for brain tumours in adults.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 March 2017

We recognise that there is a need to improve the speed of initial referrals for suspected brain cancer. To aid in this our Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer were updated and published in 2014. The guidelines contain a specific section on brain cancer as well as a section on cancer in children and young people. The guidelines should help GPs, the wider primary care team, other clinicians and patients and carers to identify those patients who are most likely to have cancer and who therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist.

The information requested is not held centrally.