Acute care toolkit 7: acute oncology on the acute medical unit

Royal College of Physicians of London - RCP
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
Publication date:
01 October 2013


It is important that patients with acute oncology presentations have access to cancer specialists as soon as possible. This toolkit suggests that NHS trusts set up acute oncology services, which can work with the team in the acute medical unit to help in the management of patients with acute oncology problems.

The toolkit includes:

  • a quick guide to common oncology emergencies
  • key stages of patient management in the first four and 24 hours
  • how to avoid the admission of acute oncology patients
  • a guide to the signs and symptoms of side effects of common cancer drugs
  • a guide to common medical problems caused by cancer diagnosis

The toolkit complements additional initiatives including end-of-life care and recommendations by the RCP and Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) working party report on acutely unwell cancer patients: Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs (November 2012).