Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs


Supportive Statement to the RCP’s Cancer patients in crisis report

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) urges healthcare professionals working in the acute settings to make use of the recommendations laid out by Royal College of Physicians in the report Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs.

Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM President said:  “The Society for Acute Medicine strongly supports this document which identifies many of the key challenges which may arise when patients with cancer become acutely unwell. This can be particularly problematic when a patient arrives on the acute medical unit outside regular working hours and when acute medical teams may struggle to obtain the necessary information about a patient’s treatment plan. The report highlights the importance of co-ordinated and multi-professional care in acute settings involving patients, carers, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

“A crisis may occur at any time and by emphasising the importance of clear documentation and regular review of the patient’s needs, this document will help to improve the planning and management of care for cancer patients”.


Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents over a thousand members.
  • Dr Roseveare has been an acute medical consultant in a large teaching hospital since 1999.
  • The full document is available on the RCP website


Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 49 49 65
0117 983 0542

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