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Brian D Nicholson
BSc MBChB MRCGP MSc (Health Research)
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
- NHS General Practitioner
- Macmillan GP Facilitator - Oxfordshire
- NCRI Primary Care Clinical Studies Group- Early Diagnosis and Survivorship Subgroups.
- ICBP Primary Care Clinical Committee.
Diagnosis and Cancer in Primary Care
My academic interests include cancer, global health, and evidence-based diagnosis.
I am currently an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow investigating weight loss as a feature of cancer in patients attending their GP.
I work as Oxford Co-PI on CANDID, a large NIHR SPCR multi-centre study developing clinical prediction rules to help GPs diagnose lung and colorectal cancer.
I am interested in how GPs can safely use tests to diagnose primary and recurrent cancer, including Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT), and Cancer Antigen 125 (Ca125). As a Cancer Research UK fellow I investigated variation in GP access to diagnostic tests for cancer diagnosis in England. I have interrogated International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) data to investigate differences in diagnostic systems between nations. I collaborate with secondary care colleagues on projects aimed at improving the diagnosis of a variety of cancers including Multiple Myeloma, Colorectal, and Ovarian.
I work as a GP in Oxford City, and as the Macmillan GP Facilitator for Oxfordshire meaning I work with Oxfordshire CCG and Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network to improve pathways for cancer diagnosis locally.
Nicholson BD., (2017), European Journal of Cancer Care
Goyder C. et al, (2017), British Journal of General Practice, 67
Shinkins B. et al, (2017), PLoS ONE, 12
Nicholson BD. et al, (2016), BMJ
Nicholson BD. et al, (2016), JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 316, 1310 - 1311