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6/2/2024

Football legend demands better radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients

It’s time to realise the immense potential of radiotherapy by harnessing proven technical advances and innovation to improve patient outcomes. Let us prioritise this cost-effective and curative treatment, where a modest investment could yield a huge leap in progress. If we do this, the world will watch, and we will all be empowered.


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England and Manchester United hero Bryan Robson urges Radiotherapy cancer plan.

6/2/2024

'Concerned' Joe Biden to call King Charles as messages of support pour in from around the world

In this worrying time, our hearts go out to the King and his family. The outpouring of well-wishes from millions of people reflects the collective concern we all share. The King's openness about his battle with cancer is a powerful reminder that one in two of us may face cancer at some point in our lives.


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Well wishes for the King have poured in from across the globe after Buckingham Palace announced he was diagnosed with a form of cancer. The King was also praised for making his diagnosis public.

6/2/2024

ITVX:  What details have Buckingham Palace shared about the King's cancer diagnosis?

Professor Price was interviewed for her expertise as a clinical oncologist to discuss the King's cancer diagnosis

Today's announcement was a major departure from how royal health stories have typically been handled.

31/1/2024

Daily Mail: The line of cancer patients waiting more than 60 days for treatment would stretch from London to Cardiff, campaigners say as they march on Parliament

Let this be the end of accepting the unacceptable when it comes to cancer.We're calling on all (political) parties to acknowledge the cancer crisis and commit to delivering a plan to tackle it.


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Led by #CatchUpWithCancer, patients, charity activists and oncologists marched on Parliament to call for urgent action to tackle the cancer crisis.

5/12/2023

Daily Mail: Covid's collateral cancer timebomb: Shock NHS figures show up to 70,000 patients have been 'missed' since start of pandemic

The harsh truth is that cancer services that were already struggling pre-pandemic have failed to recover.


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Experts warn NHS cancer services have failed to recover properly from the impact of Covid-19, which is hampering diagnosis rates.

15/11/2023

Paper cites research showing dedicated policies are associated with superior survival outcomes. Photograph: Jeff Moore/PA

The Guardian: UK cancer care in crisis and patients will die due to lack of strategy, experts warn

The dangerous reality is that cancer care in this country is fast becoming a monumental crisis and there appears to be no realistic plan. A cancer plan is not just a strategy, it is a lifeline for the one in two of us that will get cancer.


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Report by leading cancer experts criticises ministers for scrapping dedicated plan to tackle disease.

14/11/2023

DAILY MAIL: Fight against cancer must undergo a 'fundamental reset', leading doctors warn as they unveil 10-point plan to improve care in the UK

We need to address the cancer workforce crisis, deliver treatments on time and stop the situation that sees us lagging behind on cancer technologies in key areas, like radiotherapy.


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Experts said 'a fundamental reset is required' to reverse the cancer crisis.

14/11/2023

Top cancer doctors call for UK-wide improvements in care

A cancer plan is not just a strategy, it is a lifeline for the one in two of us that will get cancer.


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A policy review has suggested a 10-point plan to improve current standards.

15/9/2023

ITVX: NHS waiting lists hit new record high of 7.7 million

We are still massively short in hitting the Government’s target of no more than 85% of cancer patients waiting more than 62 days between urgent GP referral and their first treatment.


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The NHS waiting list in England has hit a new record high, with 7.7 million people, around one in seven, waiting for treatment, data shows. New figures from NHS England show a rise in the overall list, plus more people facing long waits of a year or more compared to the previous month.

14/8/2023

NHS to scrap two-thirds of cancer targets in bid to speed up diagnosis and save lives

The clear and simple truth is that we are not investing enough in cancer treatment capacity


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The NHS is changing a key cancer target in an effort to give patients faster diagnoses and cut the number of people dying from the disease.

14/8/2023

An announcement on changes to cancer targets in England is expected in the coming days, reports suggest (PA) (PA Wire)

Independent: Potential cancer targets change ‘ominous and deeply worrying’, charity says

The clear and simple truth is that we are not investing enough in cancer treatment capacity and getting the whole cancer pathway working


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Reports suggest plans to scrap two-thirds of cancer targets could be announced within days.

14/8/2023

X/BBC INTERVIEW: PROF PRICE INTERVIEW CLIP ON BBC

Simply changing targets won't cure patients, we need to treat them faster and quicker


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@prof_price on @BBCBreakfast reacting to suspected overhaul of NHS waiting times. We urgently need to increase treatment capacity to tackle our cancer crisis and #CatchUpWithCancer.

14/8/2023

X/C4 NEWS: C4 NEWS CLIP INTERVIEW WITH PROF PRICE

We've normalised failure. We seem to accept that patients aren't being treated on time.


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Get in touch if you are a cancer patient frustrated by underfunded cancer services & long wait times.

14/8/2023

BBC Getty Images: The number of NHS cancer waiting time targets are expected to be reduced in England, in a move the health service says aims to catch cancers earlier.

BBC NEWS: MANY CANCER WAITING TIME TARGETS SET TO BE DROPPED IN ENGLAND

NHS bosses want to cut the number of targets, most of which have been routinely missed in recent years, from nine to three.
They say the plan is backed by leading cancer experts and will simplify the "outdated" standards.
But the head of the Radiotherapy UK charity said she is "deeply worried"...

14/8/2023

Patients who have been urgently referred should have cancer ruled out or receive diagnosis within 28 days under new rules. Photograph: Age Fotostock/Alamy

THE GUARDIAN: KEIR STARMER ACCUSES TORIES OF 'MOVING GOALPOSTS' ON NHS CANCER CARE

Keir Starmer has accused the government of "moving the goalposts" as the number of NHS cancer waiting time targets is expected to be reduced.
The government has been consulting on the proposed measures to streamline NHS cancer care, which would replace the nine existing cancer targets with just three. The target of all patients seeing a specialist within two weeks of an urgent referral for cancer tests by the GP is expected to be scrapped....

14/8/2023

FINANCIAL TIMES: MINISTERS WARNED AGAINST 'FIDDLING AROUND' WITH NHS CANCER TARGETS

UK ministers and NHS leaders have been warned against proposals to "fiddle around with targets" for cancer care, as the government said changes were being "driven by" senior clinicians.
The warning came as the health department promised 900 new NHS beds in the coming months, and revealed which hospitals would receive a share of £250mn of previously announced funding for urgent and emergency care...

14/8/2023

ITV NEWS: HEALTH SECRETARY EXPECTED TO CONFIRM SCRAPPING OF TWO-THIRDS OF CANCER TARGETS

The clear and simple truth is that we are not investing enough in cancer treatment capacity and getting the whole cancer pathway working.


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The new plans, known as the Faster Diagnosis Standard, propose that patients in England who have been urgently referred should have cancer ruled out or receive a diagnosis within 28 days.

10/8/2023

BBC News: 62 day cancer treatment waiting times remain

Every 4 week delay starting treatment can increase risk of death by 10%


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Impact of life-threatening cancer treatment delays highlighted by @prof_price on @BBCNews today!