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Cancer care plan outlined

3rd December 2007

The government has announced that it will lay out plans for reforming cancer services in England.

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "We must do more to ensure treatment is of the highest quality and I believe this plan can act as a road map to a higher standard of care, available to all".

Cancer services in the country fall below the European average. The Cancer Reform Strategy will aim to provide more counselling for cancer patients, offer support to patients returning to work, add money to radiotherapy services and increase public awareness of how unhealthy lifestyle choices will raise the risk of developing cancer.

Mr Brown said the reforms showed the government had the "very highest priority" when it came to fighting cancer.

"Our investment in world-class radiotherapy will ensure all of us have access to the best care when we are most in need," he said.

Ciaran Devane, Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive, said that changes needed to be made to match the "big steps"taken in treatment recently.

The charity said four in 10 patients received no form of written documentation when they were informed that they had cancer. Also, 91% of homes lost income or faced increased costs because of the disease.

Mike Williams, of the Royal Society of Radiologists, said over 50% of patients had to wait longer than the Society's recommended maximum of four weeks to receive treatment. He added that they believed the waiting times in Europe were far below this.

 



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