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Professor Nigel Sparrow, OBE

Professor Nigel Sparrow OBE

"The Target Ovarian Cancer GP Advisory Board works to drive forward improvements in the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Ensuring more women are diagnosed sooner is critical if we are to see significant improvements in survival rates for ovarian cancer." 

Our GP Advisory Board brings together leading GPs from around the UK, with the aim of improving outcomes in early diagnosis for women.

With expertise in symptoms research, health economics, access to diagnostics and GP education, the Board will advise and shape our future work increasing early diagnosis and reducing risk.

Report on regional variation

The Board wanted to find out more about variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer across England. To do this they commissioned a piece of research looking at differences in the numbers of CA125 blood tests ordered, the time taken to complete non-obstetric ultrasounds, stage at diagnosis and one year survival rates for different parts of England.

Read the GP Advisory Board’s report, Regional variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in England, which reveals and explores the reasons for these significant regional differences.

Regional variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in England

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Monday 12 January 2015
NHS England has announced the launch of a new independent cancer task force and the launch of a major early diagnosis programme for cancer, in a bid to diagnose an extra ten per cent of people early. The plans are part of a drive to improve cancer survival rates in England, which are currently...
Launch of a new ovarian cancer toolkit for GPs in Scotland
Tuesday 30 September 2014
An event in Glasgow brought together women with ovarian cancer, GPs and health educators to launch Target Ovarian Cancer’s new ovarian cancer toolkit for GPs.  Crucial role in diagnosing ovarian cancer The role of GPs in diagnosing ovarian cancer early is crucial, but diagnosis is not always easy....
Friday 6 June 2014
I recently attended the first meeting of our new GP Advisory Board. I sat with leading GPs from across the country all with one thing on their minds: improving outcomes for women diagnosed with, or at risk of, ovarian cancer. Chaired by Professor Nigel Sparrow GP, National Adviser for Primary Care...
Thursday 5 June 2014
Target Ovarian Cancer is proud to present a short film highlighting a landmark clinical study we are funding at the University of Cambridge as part of our ongoing medical research programme. The study looks into the missing evidence of what works best for counselling women and their families who...