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Oncology

How to use fluorouracil and imiquimod for non-melanoma skin cancer in a general practice setting

Fluorouracil and imiquimod creams are fully subsidised topical treatments, suitable for some patients with non-melanoma skin cancers;... View Article

January 2017

Improving the safety of community-based chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is predominantly managed in secondary care, but many prescriptions for oral medicines are dispensed and taken in... View Article

October 2015

An HPV update: vaccination coverage needs to be improved

Vaccination against human papillomaviruses (HPV) is fully subsidised for girls and young women to reduce their risk of cervical... View Article

October 2015

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: Anatomic Pathology Tests

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule provides clinicians with consistent guidance when considering requesting laboratory tests.... View Article

April 2015

Melanoma of the foot

Acral melanoma is a subtype of cutaneous melanoma, which manifests on the palms, wrists and soles of the feet (including the nail... View Article

December 2014

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: genetic tests

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule provides clinicians with consistent guidance when considering requesting laboratory tests.... View Article

November 2014

News Updates

Medicines update: removal of Special Authority status | Antianginal medicines: perhexiline maleate (Pexsig), nicorandil (Ikorel)... View Article

October 2014

News Updates

Does aspirin protect against cancer? More high-quality research is needed View Article

September 2014

Managing non-melanoma skin cancer in primary care: A focus on topical treatments

When a patient presents with a suspicious skin lesion the first step is to assess the likelihood of melanoma being present and... View Article

December 2013

How to increase the uptake of cervical screening: A profile of success

A cervical smear test is an effective method for the early detection of cervical cancer, and for reducing cancer mortality. However,... View Article

October 2013

Health literacy plays an important role in boosting cervical screening uptake

Susan Reid and Carla White from health literacy and communication specialists, Workbase, explain how understanding and reducing... View Article

October 2013

Cervical Screening – Are we reaching our targets?

There are approximately 180 new diagnoses of cervical cancer in New Zealand each year. Having regular cervical smears can reduce... View Article

October 2013

Interpreting urine dipstick tests in adults: a reference guide for primary care

A urine dipstick positive for haematuria or proteinuria is a relatively common occurrence in primary care. For many patients there... View Article

June 2013

Upfront: Lung cancer in New Zealand

Lung cancer in New Zealand: overcoming barriers View Article

November 2012

A new model for cancer care in New Zealand

An ageing population, earlier diagnosis and advances in oncology treatment are contributing to a rising number of cancer survivors... View Article

October 2012

Following up prostate cancer in primary care

Cancer services in New Zealand are undergoing major changes over the next few years. Primary care clinicians are likely to have... View Article

October 2012

Appropriate use of the faecal occult blood test for colorectal cancer

What is a faecal occult blood test? When should a faecal occult blood test be requested? How should the results of a faecal... View Article

June 2012

Surveillance of people at increased risk of colorectal cancer

The incidence of colorectal cancer in New Zealand is high by international standards. New Zealand females have one of the highest... View Article

May 2012

The HPV vaccination programme: addressing low uptake

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was added to the national immunisation schedule in 2008 for females aged 12 years. The... View Article

April 2012

PHO Performance Programme - six years on

The PHO Performance Programme was established in 2005 to improve the health of people enrolled in general practices in New Zealand... View Article

December 2011

Making sense of serum protein bands

Serum protein bands (monoclonal gammopathy) will sometimes be found following serum protein electrophoresis in patients presenting... View Article

July 2011

Increasing the uptake of breast screening

Significant progress has been made in increasing the rate of breast cancer screening in New Zealand. However, Māori women still... View Article

February 2011

Detecting malignant melanoma

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. Melanoma is the most common cancer among New Zealand men aged... View Article

February 2011

Overcoming barriers to cervical screening in Pacific women

Cervical screening rates in New Zealand have continued to increase following the introduction of the National Cervical Screening... View Article

November 2010

The use of screening tests

GPs frequently perform tests for screening purposes, whether for formal screening programmes, such as cervical screening, or less... View Article

July 2010

Appropriate use of tumour markers

The key role for tumour marker tests is in managing patients with established malignancy. Tumour markers are not indicated as... View Article

July 2010

PSA screening in asymptomatic men

Prostate cancer screening in asymptomatic men is a controversial public health issue generating much debate with polarised views... View Article

July 2010

Bowel cancer screening in New Zealand

Progress to date on a national screening programme for bowel cancer View Article

July 2010

Smoking related cancer morbidity and mortality

The majority of people with cancer will initially present to general practice, therefore GPs have an excellent opportunity to... View Article

December 2009

Breast screening - achieving equity

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in New Zealand women. The national target for breast screening is for 70% of... View Article

November 2009

Cervical Screening in New Zealand

Liquid-based cytology (LBC) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing have recently been adopted to aid with the collection, diagnosis... View Article

October 2009

Cervical smears - achieving equity

After the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Programme, rates of cervical screening increased and the overall incidence... View Article

September 2009

Gardasil vaccine: Update

Gardasil vaccine has now been added to the National Immunisation Schedule. In this article we outline the eligibility criteria... View Article

December 2008

Upfront: The unequal impact of cancer.

Cancer has a significant and disproportionate impact on Māori, with significant disparities in experiences, quality of health... View Article

December 2008

Imiquimod cream (Aldara) for genital warts and basal cell carcinoma

Imiquimod enhances the immune response to viral infections and tumours by stimulating the immune system to release interferon... View Article

September 2008

HPV vaccines: An overview

Dr Nikki Turner is the Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre. Here she provides us with an overview of the two currently... View Article

April 2008

Herceptin the facts

A focus on the clinical issues surrounding the use of Herceptin including latest results from clinical trials. View Article

April 2007

FOB Screening

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route first choice for vitamin K in excessive anticoagulation
• Re-emergence...
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November 2006

Best Tests: BRCA

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BNP
• BRCA tests
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December 2005