2.3.1 Timeframe for referring to a specialist

  • Where there is a confirmed diagnosis or high level of suspicion, patients should see an upper GI surgeon within two weeks of referral.
  • Imaging and work-up by the specialist can precede initial assessment but should not delay referral. The general practitioner or cancer care coordinator is critical in this process to ensure referral is not delayed.
  • Urgent referral to allied health practitioners (particularly a dietitian) may also be required before an MDM.