East of England Cancer Strategy 

This strategy has been developed collaboratively with East of England Cancer Alliance, NHS Systems, charity partners and patients. Its ambition is to ensure we anticipate and respond to the needs of our growing population in preventing and caring for all people affected by cancer over the next five years (published Sept 2022). It encompasses all types of cancer and each part of the cancer pathway, from prevention through diagnostics and treatment to personalised support once treatment finishes including supportive, palliative and end of life care. You can read the strategy in full here.

As part of our work to develop the new strategy, we carried out a detailed assessment of cancer services in the East of England and, in particular, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new East of England Cancer Outcomes Project: The Impact of the Pandemic Report can be found here.

Cancer referrals, treatments and diagnoses were impacted during the pandemic. We saw a reduction in early stage diagnoses and a rise in emergency presentations that, without the mitigations and actions described in the strategy, will potentially impact on survival outcomes for patients.

Amanda Pleavin, Managing Director- East of England Cancer Alliance introduces the strategy and highlights its ambitions.
Holly Masters, Co-Chair of the Patient Partnership Group talks about the strategy and how we can help young people diagnosed with cancer. 
Balwinder Nanray, member of the Patient Partnership Group talks about her experience of having breast cancer and her work with the PPG.
Dr Suzanne Phillips talks about a cervical screening project for women who have missed their appointments. 
Dr Peter Holloway, Chair of the Primary Care Group talks about access to healthcare and how the strategy aims to address it. 
Dr Linda Hunter, Clinical Lead North Alliance talks about innovations that are going on across the region. 
Maggie Tween talks about the importance of a compassionate, inclusive and sustainable workforce. 
Wayne Syree-Bartlett talks about the collaboration involved to develop the strategy and his ambition to see world class cancer care being delivered in the East of England.