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NHS England’s National Cancer Programme has said that the NHS is on-track to transform cancer services in England by 2020/21.
The programme’s new report highlights progress in the modernisation of radiotherapy equipment throughout the country, earlier diagnosis of cancer and improved survival rates as a result of new models of care and better coordination of care resulting from the establishment of Cancer Alliances.
The report, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes – Progress Report 2016-17, also detailed the investment of £200 million over the next two years to accelerate rapid diagnosis and enhance patients’ quality of life.
The NHS five-year national cancer strategy, developed in 2015, has seen five pilot sites testing a new faster diagnosis standard that will ultimately ensure patients receive a cancer diagnosis or an ‘all clear’ verdict within 28 days.
Cally Palmer, the NHS National Cancer Director, said: “Cancer survival rates have never been higher than they are today and patients are reporting a very good experience of cancer care. I am confident the NHS can deliver the recommendations of the Cancer Taskforce and I am certain these recommendations will improve survival rates even further, enhance quality-of-life for cancer patients and ultimately provide the very best cancer services to patients everywhere.”
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