Information for general practitioners

Older woman with medical practitionerInformation for GPs

These pages are specifically for healthcare professionals working in general practice. They are designed to be a comprehensive source of the latest research and guidance, facilitating best practice and early diagnosis of ovarian cancer in general practice.

The diagnosis section describes the key recommendations outlined in the NICE guideline CG122 Ovarian Cancer: The recognition and initial management of ovarian cancer; including clear guidance on recognising and managing potentially symptomatic women in primary care. The treatment section provides information on surgery and chemotherapy.

Our section on familial ovarian cancer contains information about the genes known to be mutated in familial ovarian cancer; and also offers guidance on the steps to take if a patient presents with a possible family history of ovarian cancer.

On this page you will find information about:
  • Continuing professional development online learning modules (RCGP, BMJ)
  • Supporting resources for the Be Clear on Cancer campaign
  • Our symptoms flag pens for GPs
  • Our fact sheets for women undergoing CA125 and/or abdominal/pelvic scans
  • Ten top tips for GPs assessing women with symptoms that could be ovarian cancer - produced with Macmillan

 You can also find further resources here.

Free-to-access online Learning modules


Target Ovarian Cancer has partnered with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to develop a new eLearning module Bloating and Other Abdominal Symptoms: Could it be Ovarian Cancer?

The 30 minute module was developed as 55% of GPs felt that they were more inclined to choose a resource which covers symptoms commonly presenting in primary care (Target Ovarian Cancer Pathfinder Study 2012). Through a series of case studies the module is an opportunity to think in greater detail about presenting symptoms; and consider which factors might distinguish ovarian cancer from common conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection and ovarian cysts, themselves, the most common misdiagnosis among women with ovarian cancer. 


BMJ LearningInteractive Case History CPD Module 

This module provides an hour of accredited learning based on interactive case studies involving ovarian cancer.  As with all the BMJ Learning modules, this tool has been peer reviewed and incorporates the latest research available; and in April 2011 it underwent revision to reflect the NICE clinical guidelines. 

The module was 'highly commended’ by the 2010 Excellence in Oncology Awards in the best professional education initiative category'. The judges recognised it showed great potential to influence the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Read more about the interactive case history tool 

Podcast CPD Module

We have extended our suite of GP educational resources by working with BMJ Learning to develop an audio podcast on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The podcast offers an alternative format to the interactive case history module to those GPs who want to update their knowledge on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer; at 20 minutes long it is also an excellent refresher for those looking to build on their existing knowledge of ovarian cancer. The podcast offers 1 hour of accredited learning and is free to access.

Please consider completing these useful modules and also alert your colleagues to the opportunity.

Be Clear on Cancer

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Target Ovarian Cancer is pleased to support the Be Clear on Cancer awareness campaign. 
The regional pilot is taking place in the North West of England from 10th February 2014 to 9th March 2014, using radio, print and television advertising. 
A government initiative, led by Public Health England (PHE), the Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to raise public awareness of symptoms of ovarian cancer and aid earlier diagnosis. Women experiencing bloating, most days, for three weeks or more are being encouraged to visit their GP as this could be a sign and symptom of ovarian cancer (NICE CG122).
Prepare for the Be Clear on Cancer campaign by using the following resources:
• Complete the free-to-access RCGP Online Learning module ‘Bloating and Other Abdominal Symptoms: Could it be Ovarian Cancer’ 
• Refer to the flag Pen supporting the Be Clear on Cancer campaign as a helpful reminder of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and the diagnostic pathway (as defined by (NICE CG122). 

Teal flag pen

PLEASE NOTE: Flag pens supporting the Be Clear on Cancer campaign will be distributed to all GPs in the North West. 
• Review the Be Clear on Cancer GP briefing sheet
• Request promotional materials and items from the Target Ovarian Cancer GP Tool Kit (including flag pens) free of charge just simply email or phone us on 020 7923 5470 and we’d be happy to help.
Find out more about the Be Clear on Cancer ovarian cancer campaign here.




Our flag pen is a simple and convenient way to remember the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the recommendations for GPs made in the NICE clinical guideline.

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Our fact sheets for women

Developed to help GP's who are managing potentially symptomatic women and referring them for diagnostic tests, our fact sheets are designed to be given to women who are undergoing diagnostic tests for ovarian cancer. Each fact sheet outlines, what the test is for, what to expect when having the test and what the results might me.

CA125 fact sheet: NICE recommends that women experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer are given a CA125 blood test.

Pelvic and abdominal ultrasound scans fact sheet: NICE recommend pelvic and abdominal ultrasound scans for symptomatic women who have a CA125 test result greater than 35 IU/ml.

Download a copy of the fact sheet reference list 

Ten Top Tips

Ten Top Tips (developed in partnership with Macmillan): Aimed to support patients and GPs in communicating more effectively with each other about the symptoms of ovarian cancer

10 Top Tips - GP Guide  

Publications for patients

If you are supporting a patient with ovarian cancer you might be interested in our patient guides. Three guides are available which cover a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, recurrent ovarian cancer and end of life/palliative care. Each guide aims to give women practical information and support. You can read more about the guides here.  

All of our resources are available free of charge, to order copies of any of our resources please email or phone 020 7923 5470