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New cancer ratings published

NHS England has today published new ratings providing a snapshot of how well different areas of the country are diagnosing and treating cancer and supporting patients. Based on data published over the course of the last two years,  the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework provides an initial baseline rating for six clinical priority areas, including […]

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New Cancer Drugs Fund opens for business

The new cancer drugs fund (CDF) will open for new treatments today (Friday), with four new cancer drugs made immediately available, potentially benefiting 4,500 patients and speeding up access by up to four months. Since its introduction in April 2011, the CDF has helped nearly 100,000 people with cancer access treatments not routinely available on […]

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NHS pushes forward with ambition to create world class cancer services

The NHS in England will today (Thursday) set out its plans to deliver world class cancer services, which includes a fund to find new ways of speeding up diagnosis with the potential to save thousands more lives every year. The National Cancer Transformation Board, led by Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director for England, will today publish […]

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Thousands of cancer patients to benefit from early supportive care

An innovative programme to improve the care and experience of patients with incurable cancer is being rolled out across the country. ‘Enhanced Supportive Care’ was developed by specialists at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and will now be used by at least 21 more cancer centres across England, supported by incentives from NHS England. The […]

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Cancer Patient Survey is key tool in tackling variation in experience of care

Hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups have opportunities to improve cancer patients experience of care by looking at the variation highlighted by a national survey published by NHS England. Local level data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015, will be used as a key tool to ensure better care for people with cancer, […]

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Award-winning lung cancer service helping even more patients with NHS England support

An NHS Challenge Prize winning lung cancer service is already making an even bigger difference to patients, and helping doctors all over England develop the same innovative techniques. Patients at Barnet Hospital are now able to have small lung tumours diagnosed and cells destroyed in a single hospital visit without surgery, after Royal Free Hospitals […]

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Chemo drug optimisation to improve patient experience of cancer treatment

Tens of thousands of patients requiring chemotherapy could receive treatment closer to home under new plans set out by the health service today. Substantial savings are also expected to be reinvested in patient care over the next few years thanks to an NHS England programme led by specialist pharmacists to reduce variation in drug doses. […]

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NHS pushes forward with ambition to create world class cancer services

The NHS in England will today (Thursday) set out its plans to deliver world class cancer services, which includes a fund to find new ways of speeding up diagnosis with the potential to save thousands more lives every year. The National Cancer Transformation Board, led by Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director for England, will today […]

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NHS England widens access to life-extending treatment for prostate cancer

Patients first diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer will now get immediate access to a drug which studies have shown can extend their life by more than a year compared to current options, NHS England has announced. Following a review of evidence from two trials published late last year, specialists will now be able to prescribe […]

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New National Cancer Director outlines future vision at London conference

“We want to have the best cancer care. Anywhere.” Those were the words of new National Cancer Director Cally Palmer CBE as she addressed attendees to the Britain Against Cancer conference hosted yesterday in London by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC). The annual event, which featured a keynote speech by Secretary of State […]

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