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report_cover.jpgA cancer diagnosis can be devastating.  If someone is diagnosed with cancer, they should be able to live for as long and as well as is possible, regardless of their background or where they live.  They should be diagnosed early, so that the most effective treatments are available to them and they should get the highest quality care and support from the moment cancer is suspected.

The Independent Cancer Taskforce published a report in July 2015 "Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes" which proposes ways how we can radically improve the outcomes that the NHS delivers for people affected by cancer.

  • Reducing the growth in cancer incidence
  • Improving survival
  • Improving experience of care, treatment and support
  • Improving the quality of life for patients after treatment and at the end of life.

Six strategic priorities from the Cancer Taskforce report have been agreed for the implementation programme:

  • Spearhead a radical upgrade in prevention and public health;
  • Drive a national ambition to achieve earlier diagnosis;
  • Establish patient experience on par with clinical effectiveness and safety;
  • Transform our approach to support people living with and beyond cancer;
  • Make the necessary investments required to deliver a modern, high quality service;
  • Ensure commissioning, provision and accountability processes are fit-for-purpose.

Pivotal to taking the strategy forward is the establishment of Cancer Alliances across the country, bringing together key partners at a regional level, including commissioners, providers and patients. The Alliances will drive and support improvement and integrate care pathways, using a set of key measurements to understand variation and support service redesign.

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