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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

​Target Ovarian Cancer's GP Advisory Board members

Read our most recent GP news

Friday 24 September 2010
Target Ovarian Cancer says the new draft guidance by NICE on the recognition and initial management of ovarian cancer is a major step forward. For the first time national guidelines are being developed for the NHS in England and Wales to aid earlier diagnosis and promote more effective management...
Thursday 25 February 2010
Target Ovarian Cancer and BMJ Learning have launched a free to access online tool which aims to radically alter GPs' understanding of ovarian cancer. The first, free, on-line learning tool to help GPs diagnose ovarian cancer, the fourth most deadly and often misdiagnosed cancer in women, is...
Launch of a new ovarian cancer toolkit for GPs in Scotland
Tuesday 2 February 2010
Target Ovarian Cancer presented evidence from the Pathfinder Study at a meeting in Whitehall on February 2, hosted by Under-Secretary of State for Health, Professor Ann Keen MP and Professor Steve Field, President of the Royal College of GPs, to discuss how best to support GPs in diagnosing ovarian...
Sunday 20 December 2009
This important new initiative will help update GPs about symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Target Ovarian Cancer Pathfinder Study (June 2009) identified that many GPs were not aware of the new research on symptoms of ovarian cancer, or the new 'key messages for health professionals' developed by the...