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Tuesday 20th March 2018

One in three stomach cancer patients referred too late

16th October 2009

Figures from the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit have revealed that one in three patients with stomach or oesophageal cancer is being sent to hospital too late for treatment.

The data, from 12,000 patients treated in NHS hospitals in England and Wales, also showed that as many as two in three patients in some areas are not being referred urgently for tests despite having suspicious symptoms. Experts claim delays in diagnosis result in patients having a more advanced disease that cannot be operated on and a poorer chance of survival.


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