More people are surviving cancer than a year ago

 Areas such as Hounslow, Waltham Forrest, Halton and Vale Royal with historically lower survival rates are closing or have caught up with average survival.

This highlights that work to improve cancer care is making a real difference to patients, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

Talking at Britain Against Cancer our National Cancer Director, Cally Palmer, told delegates that significant progress is being made on the earlier and faster diagnosis of patients when it is easier to cure cancer. She also talked about major investment in radiotherapy services this year so that all patients have access to the latest and best treatment with an investment of £130m, the most extensive programme of its kind for 15 years.?

Cally Palmer said: "These new figures suggest that thanks to improved NHS cancer care an extra 2,100 people will survive cancer than would have done just a year ago. That means more families able to celebrate the Christmas holidays together."

We have recently published an update on progress made in the second year of the five year programme to implement the cancer strategy and improve cancer care.

Highlights of progress made over the last year include:?

Investment of £200m over two years to achieve earlier diagnosis and improve quality of life for patients.

  • Piloting a new faster diagnosis standard to ensure that patients find out within 28 days if they have cancer.

  •  23 NHS Trusts received new and upgraded radiotherapy machines, with 50 more in at least 34 hospitals, following an investment of £130m for new technology and equipment, to ensure patients have access to the best and latest radiotherapy treatment.

  •  Nine multidisciplinary diagnostic centres are working to achieve faster diagnosis for patients with vague symptoms.

  • A new Be clear on cancer campaign pilot was launched in February 2017 in East and West Midlands to encourage early diagnosis of cancer.

  • Access to endoscopy services will be improved by training more non-medical endoscopists – on track to meet the target of achieving 200 new trainees by the end of the 2018.

  • More new cancer drugs have been made available through the Cancer Drugs Fund, benefiting over 15,000 patients since July 2016.

  • The national cancer patient experience survey shows continuing positive patient experiences of care overall.

In 2000, the gap in one year survival between the top and bottom CCG was 17.1 percentage points – in 2015, it was 10.6 percentage points.?

The table below shows the bottom 10 CCGs in 2000 (for one year survival), their percentage one year survival in 2015 and the change between those years.

CCG

2000

2015

Change

NHS Waltham Forest CCG

49.5

70.4

20.9

NHS Newham CCG

51.6

68.1

16.5

NHS Halton CCG

52.7

73.2

20.5

NHS Vale Royal CCG

53.2

73.0

19.8

NHS Tower Hamlets CCG

53.8

68.3

14.5

NHS South Cheshire CCG

53.9

72.8

18.9

NHS Barking & Dagenham CCG

54.0

67.0

13.0

NHS South Kent Coast CCG

54.1

71.3

17.2

NHS Swale CCG

54.4

67.3

12.9

NHS Hounslow CCG

54.5

75.6

21.1?



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