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9/5/2024

The daily express:  King Charles and Kate's bravery in cancer fight sparks fresh demand to end UK crisis

What is so heart-breaking and so frustrating is that it doesn’t have to be this way. The Government and NHS can get a grip on cancer. But only if they accept there’s a crisis, get cancer to the top of the agenda, and then change what they’re doing and how they are doing it.


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Prof Price makes two demands - that political parties commit to a National Cancer Plan and to more investment, particularly in the radiotherapy sector.

26/4/2024

Pat Price being interviewed by Sky News reporter

Oncologist Prof Price talks to Sky News about the world's first personalised mRNA cancer jab for melanoma being tested in British patients

So this really stimulates you to actually fight your own cancer- which is great. So it’s individualized for everybody’s individual cancer; which is a game changer.


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World's first jab to stop skin cancer being tested in UK patients.

11/4/2024

North wales Chronicle:  NHS waiting list falls again amid change in counting method

Cancer treatment capacity is beyond breaking point. What makes this frustration intolerable is when ministers and NHS leaders seem to suggest that everything is in hand because we are diagnosing more cancer patients. But what good is a cancer diagnosis if we don’t treat the patients on time? The stark reality is that without a greater priority on treatment, these diagnosed patients just pile up on record waiting lists. If ever there was a time to get a grip on the situation and deliver a cancer plan backed by investment, it is now.


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The proportion of patients facing long waits for treatment remained well below the 85% target.

23/3/2024

AP News:  Worldwide support pours in for Kate, the Princess of Wales, after shocking cancer reveal

A cancer diagnosis is always deeply concerning, but the fact that the princess is so young and very much in the prime of her life makes this news all the more upsetting and unsettling.


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Support poured in from around the world Saturday for Kate, the Princess of Wales, after she revealed in a candid video message that she is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer following major abdominal surgery.

23/3/2024

BBC INterview:  Princess of Wales undergoing cancer treatment

She is amazing. That was such a beautiful interview, she’s done so well. So much she has had to go through, with her family, and everything now, so it’s a positive message, and that sharing it with others, all the people out there, who similarly got problems, they know they are not alone, and hopefully now this will get cancer right at the top of the agenda.


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Professor Price was interviewed for her expertise as a clinical oncologist. Watch the clip below:

23/3/2024

Sky news:  What is preventative chemotherapy? Experts explain treatment and when it's used

The surgery itself will have removed the cancer. Sometimes in some tumours there's a little bit of a concern about whether there's anything that's been left behind or whether there's a risk of it coming back.


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As the Princess of Wales reveals cancer was found during her abdominal surgery in January, experts explain what preventative chemotherapy is, how it works and when it's used. 

22/3/2024

Manchester Evening News:  World sends best wishes after Kate's cancer diagnosis

She is so brave for speaking about her cancer diagnosis ahead of more difficult treatment. Fear of the unknown can be the worst thing for those who find out they have the disease.


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The Princess of Wales has been praised for her bravery.

22/3/2024

Mirror:  Top cancer doctor praises 'amazing' Kate Middleton's brave health announcement

She is amazing. She’s got to go through some more treatment which will be difficult. Once (cancer) is caught early, that’s usually when we can cure it.


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Professor Pat Price said that while the treatment ahead will be "difficult", the Princess of Wales is extremely brave for speaking openly about her cancer diagnosis today, which comes after she underwent major abdominal surgery in January.

22/3/2024

Clinical oncologist Pat Price tells Times Radio what the Princess of Wales could expect in her cancer treatment.

She'll be a massive figurehead to people with cancer, to show how you have to dig deep.


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Cancer affects young people, it doesn't matter who it is.

22/3/2024

LBC:  Consultant oncologist Professor Pat Price explains to LBC what is meant by preventative chemotherapy as the Princess of Wales announces she is undergoing treatment.

This is preventative chemotherapy. When a cancer has been surgically removed and taken away, we sometimes give chemotherapy afterwards, just in case. Just in case there’s any cells that were missed or escaped, and that can take the form of either tablets or injections, usually for a limited amount of time and then stopped.


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Consultant oncologist Professor Pat Price explains to LBC what is meant by preventative chemotherapy as the Princess of Wales announces she is undergoing treatment.

22/3/2024

BBC:  Kate, Princess of Wales: I am having cancer treatment

As was the case with the King's diagnosis, her doing so will no doubt give many more people that vital prompt to get themselves checked and give others affected by cancer more confidence to speak about their own experience. This announcement is a stark and shocking reminder that cancer is no respecter of age or social status.


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Professor Price praised the princess for speaking out "so openly and frankly".

22/3/2024

Pat Price sitting in her office being interviewed virtually by Sky News

SkYNeWS:  Princess of Wales receiving treatment for cancer

Professor Price tells Sky News, cancer patients telling their family and children “can be the worst bit”.

Professor Price discusses preventative treatment with Sky News.

14/3/2024

Daily Mail: NHS waiting lists down despite record strike action but experts condemn surge in 'degrading' 12-hour A&E waits

I am once again urgently appealing to Ministers and NHS officials to take urgent action. By any metric available we see cancer treatment delays remaining at near-record level. We desperately need a radical new cancer plan and a clear implementation plan to improve waiting times and cancer survival.


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In January 2024, over 3,000 cancer patients waited over 3 months to start treatment. This adds to the 220,000 cancer patients already waiting too long over the last three years.

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.

16/11/2023

Professor Pat Price sitting on park bench being interviewed for iTV News.

X/Itv news INTERVIEW: PROF PRICE INTERVIEW CLIP

We're missing targets yet again.


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Professor Price on ITV News - reacting to new NHS cervical cancer target.

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.

9/11/2023

Professor Pat Price being interviewed in front of Elekta radiotherapy machine

X/Itv news INTERVIEW: PROF PRICE INTERVIEW CLIP

Thousands of people are dying unnecessarily.


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Professor Price on ITVTonight - speaking up for the almost 4 in 10 patients waiting too long for cancer treatment.

12/10/2023

Daily Mail: NHS waiting list shoots to ANOTHER record high with 7.75 million patients stuck in backlog amid fears worse is yet to come with winter looming

Surely now, when we are so consistently at or near record poor waiting times, this should be a clarion call for the Government to take decisive action and expand treatment capacity in areas like radiotherapy. With every four-week delay, the risk of death can climb by 10 per cent, further contributing to the devastating loss of 2 million life years to cancer each year.


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7.75million patients in England were stuck in the NHS backlog by August. This includes nearly 400,000 who have been waiting for more than one year.

12/10/2023

Daily Mail: Cancer's grim chokehold on Britain: Sobering charts show how disease is robbing sufferers of up to 25 YEARS - with cases of melanoma, breast and prostate having soared since the 90s

Measuring the burden of cancer and how it really affects us individually and as a society should be the wake up call to put cancer right back at the top of the Government and Treasury's agenda. For every four week delay in treatment there can be a 10 per cent increase in risk of death. We need action to back these solutions, with investment in kit and people, to reduce the staggering number of life years lost to this devastating disease.


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Cancer now robs Brits of 14 years of life on average, according to an analysis branded a 'wake up call'. 

15/9/2023

Oxford Mail: Oxford University Hospitals Trust: treatment waiting times

Today’s figures reveal that nearly 40 per cent of cancer patients are missing their life-saving cancer treatment: this is over double the Government’s own target.


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Tens of thousands of patients were waiting for routine treatment at Oxford hospitals in July, figures show.

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.

14/9/2023

Mirror: NHS waiting lists hit record high with treatments delayed for YEAR - check your hospital

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. Today's figures reveal that nearly 40% of cancer patients are missing their life-saving cancer treatment: this is over double the Government's own target. This is a tragedy that cannot continue.


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In England, around one in seven patients - a total of 7.68 million - are waiting for treatment. The latest figure is the highest number since NHS England records began in 2007.

17/8/2023

Government confirms MOST cancer targets will be scrapped by autumn

The Faster Diagnosis Standard is set at only 75%. This needs to be much higher, at around 95%, if we are to get patients through the cancer pathway on time.


While great for reassuring patients without cancer, this may not help patients with cancer start their treatment in time.


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NHS England cancer targets are to be streamlined, moving from 10 performance standards to three from October.

17/8/2023

Government confirms two-thirds of cancer targets will be scrapped by autumn

The only measure that will ‘move the dial’ is the development and implementation of a radical new plan backed up with smart investment in people and kit.


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It is hoped that the new targets will help diagnose and treat cancer faster.

15/8/2023

New system for radiotherapy is in 'chaos' and is ultimately putting lives at risk

Our analysis shows that chaos and bureaucracy are strangling one of our most important weapons in the fight against record cancer waiting times.


It beggars belief that over two-thirds of local health bodies have no one in charge of radiotherapy, the second most curative cancer treatment, and most cost-effective backlog-busting solution we have.


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Research by #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and Radiotherapy UK found some 70 percent of Integrated Care Boards say no one in charge of vital radiotherapy treatments.

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

THE IRISH NEWS: More funding for cancer needed to overcome ‘deadly delays'

These figures confirm that cancer treatment performance remains around record low levels and that deadly delays remain baked into cancer treatment. The Government need to break this drumbeat of monthly and quarterly failure and take decisive action to boost treatment capacity.


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Cancer charities have warned warned that “deadly delays” are “baked into” NHS cancer treatment, but can be turned around with more investment in research and staff.

10/8/2023

DAILY MAIL: Busiest summer EVER for crippled NHS as strike carnage sends waiting list to all-time high of 7.6MILLION

These figures confirm that cancer treatment performance remains around record low levels and that deadly delays remain baked into cancer treatment with over four in 10 cancer patients waiting far too long.

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The waiting list figure is now the highest since records began in August 2007. Some 7,177 patients were also waiting over 18 months for treatment in June.

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!