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Cancer Services Gain New Taskforce

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/1/2015

NHS England has announced a new independent taskforce to develop a five-year action plan for cancer services that it is hoped will improve survival rates and save thousands of lives.

The taskforce is chaired by Cancer Research UK Chief Executive Harpal Kumar, and is tasked with delivering the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, which calls for action on three fronts: better prevention; swifter diagnosis; and better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer.

NHS England also announced the following:

  • The launch of a major early-diagnosis programme

The aim is to evaluate a number of initiatives which will include: offering patients the option to self-refer for diagnostic tests; lowering referral thresholds for GPs; and multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres where patients can have several tests in the same place on the same day.

  • The extension of NHS England's Commissioning through Evaluation programme to innovative radiotherapy treatment, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)

Aiming to make SABR much more widely available to all cancer patients in England.

  • An improvement to the monitoring of cancer survival at a local level

This means, putting cancer survival at front and centre for every single clinical commissioning group (CCG) across the country.

Many cancer patients are still being diagnosed late, so with more focus on prevention, earlier diagnosis and other services, these new ambitions will provide an opportunity for improved cancer care.

World Cancer Day

The announcement of this new taskforce comes just a few weeks before 'World Cancer Day'. The challenge is on, Wednesday the 4th of February! Walk a mile and donate a pound each to Cancer Research UK.

Find out more information here: http://www.worldcancerday.org/walk-mile-work-day.

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