Detect and treat cancer earlier through proactive contact of people at highest risk, encourage more people to be screened, and invest in the latest technology.
To do this we will:
- support GPs to screen more people to detect cancers earlier, prioritising prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancers
- make sure every cancer patient gets a fully coordinated recovery package of assessment, advice, and care to improve results for people living with and after cancer
- provide targeted and effective follow-up for all cancer patients to identify any issues as early as possible.
It is better for people because:
- more cancers, particularly the most difficult to detect, will be caught earlier which will save lives
- people will get scans and other test results quicker, reducing worry and speeding up treatment
- this will improve cancer survival rates and the overall experience.
It is better for the health and care system because:
- fewer people will be diagnosed in the later stages of cancer
- best practice standards will be achieved through closer working, better use of IT, data and research, and sharing expertise
- resources, expertise and innovative technology will be used more effectively, saving more lives and improving performance on key cancer standards.
- fifty per cent of people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer
- prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer account for around a third of all cancers in NW London
- prostate, lung, bowel and colon cancer are some of the hardest to diagnose, and make up over half of all cancers discovered when people arrive in hospital as an emergency.
- more people will be proactively screened for cancer
- fewer people diagnosed in later stages of cancer in A&E departments
- more people surviving or living longer after being diagnosed with cancer
- increase in satisfaction with patient, family and carer experience.