The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI)

Kristi Milley

The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) was held in Edinburgh from 18th-20th April 2017. This year was the 10th anniversary of the conference, highlighted by its theme ‘Looking back, looking forward’.

This year we had four PC4 members present at Ca-PRI. Professor Jon Emery presented the positive results of the CHEST-Australia Trial, a complex intervention to encourage early diagnosis in lung cancer. Dr Nicole Rankin explored a lung cancer multidisciplinary team communication tool and Professor Joel Rhee presented on the benefits of the active involvement of primary care nurses in advanced care planning. PC4’s Research Coordinator, Kristi Milley, chose to mirror the Ca-PRI theme, by presenting PC4’s growth over the last 8 years, demonstrating a successful model in building research capacity to conduct primary care cancer trials.

Ca-PRI 2017 was a successful conference, with one of its largest audiences ever. While the conference covered a wealth of information on cancer and primary care, there was a large focus on the development of early diagnosis interventions and the need for increased research tailored towards multi-morbidity. There was also a stand out plenary, which highlighted the importance of physical exercise in cancer prevention, how we need to do more to reduce obesity and focusing of which interventions work.

Once again, thank you Ca-PRI for an insightful and enjoyable conference. We are really looking forward to next year’s conference in the Netherlands!