New report recommends six strategic priorities to boost cancer survival rates

A report published today (Sunday 19 July) by the Independent Cancer Taskforce recommends six strategic priorities to help the NHS achieve world-class cancer outcomes.

The Taskforce’s cancer report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for   10 years or more by 2020. Of these, around 11,000 would be through earlier diagnosis.

The plan, which aims to make substantial improvements in cancer care in England, comes at a time when cancer cases are increasing. 280,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in England in 2013/14 and this is expected to reach more than 300,000 by 2020, and more than 360,000 by 2030.

The six strategic priorities are: (i) a radical upgrade in prevention and public health; (ii) a national ambition to achieve earlier diagnosis; (iii) patient experience on a par with clinical effectiveness and safety; (iv) transformation in support for people living with and beyond cancer; (v) .investment to deliver a modern high-quality service, including; and (vi) overhauled processes for commissioning, accountability and provision.

The Taskforce has also recommended that a National Cancer Team (NCT) should oversee the delivery of the Strategy.

“We have an opportunity to save many thousands of lives from cancer every year”, said Harpal Kumar, chair of the Independent Cancer Taskforce. “We’re better informed than ever about how best to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, and how to deliver better patient experience and quality of life. What’s needed now is action.

“Three previous cancer strategies did a great job of setting England on the path to a world class cancer service. But we are a long way from where we should be. Our expectation is that the Government and NHS will now make the investments required and implement this strategy with commitment and speed.”


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