Cancer

Our cancer outcomes have improved significantly over recent years, including our survival rates, which have never been higher. However, our work continues to make sure that everyone with cancer receives world-class care, support and treatment.

Visit nhs.uk Find medical advice at nhs.uk

About cancer

Find out what we are doing to improve cancer services in England.

Earlier diagnosis

Earlier diagnosis makes it more likely that patients will receive treatments that can cure cancer. It saves lives.

Patient experience

We are improving patient experience and putting it on an equal footing with other clinical outcomes.

The NHS Long Term Plan and commitments for cancer

Cally Palmer, NHS England’s National Cancer Director shares her thoughts on the NHS Long Term Plan and what it means for cancer.

Cally gives an overview of cancer screening programmes, the new 28-day faster diagnosis standard and the care and treatment options available. Cally also talks about the Targeted Lung Health Checks programme, one of the first programmes to roll out of the Long Term Plan.

Investing in radiotherapy to fight cancer

Watch this short video which shows how we are investing in radiotherapy to fight cancer.

Funded by NHS England, University College London Hospitals are one of the first hospitals to receive a new LINAC radiotherapy machine.

In this video, patient Chris Duggan talks about the treatment he is experiencing, and Dr. Yen-Ching Chang describes how this new equipment works.

News and blogs

Annual NHS cancer checks top two million for the first time

For the first time last year, the NHS in England carried out more than two million checks on people who feared they might have cancer. In 2018, patients underwent a record 2.2 million cancer checks following urgent referral by their GP, almost 6,000 a day or more than four every minute. That was an increase […]