Lung cancer patients 'neglected'29th November 2010
A report by a lung cancer charity has found that many people suffering from lung cancer in the UK may not be getting the treatment they need.
According to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, only 50% of patients are given "active" treatment and in some parts of the country only 10% of patients receive chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.
Less than a third of people with the disease survive for longer than one year after being diagnosed and only 5% live for more than five years.
Around 39,500 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in Britain.
The UK Lung Cancer Care Coalition said that although the disease was often perceived as one which only affected smokers, one in eight people with lung cancer had never smoked.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation said it was "unacceptable" that survival rates for the disease had stayed at around the same level since the 1970s.
They also deemed research funding for the condition to be "woefully insufficient", and said patients in different areas of the country received different standards and types of treatment.
Dr Rosemary Gillespie, its chief executive, said: "For the third year running, the report has highlighted that lung cancer must remain a priority on the government’s health agenda. While we are pleased to see some improvements in areas such as awareness raising, there is still much to be done."
"We understand the current financial pressures on the government but the scale of the problem merits a much greater investment in lung cancer for all patients and their families."
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Title: Lung cancer patients 'neglected'
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16832
Date Added: 29th Nov 2010