Christine Posted November 5, 2007 Share Posted November 5, 2007 http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wal ... -20061213/ A 12-POINT plan could almost double cancer survival rates, the strategy’s authors claim. Leading lung cancer experts today unveiled ideas to eradicate inequalities in the disease’s care. The group wants to see greater research funding, the development of screening programmes and earlier diagnosis to ensure patients have the best survival chances. It also wants lung cancer patients to have access to the full range of specialist practitioners, and would like their care strategy to be implemented wherever possible. The plan was created by the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC), using the country’s leading cancer care experts from the NHS and the Department of Health. Cancer charities and healthcare companies also had an input into the strategy, which is thought to be the first of its kind for lung cancer care in the UK. A recent analysis of cancer survival rates showed the UK’s fell below the European average, despite high national spending on health services. Dr Mick Peake, chair of the UKLCC’s clinical subgroup, said thousands of lives could be saved if the plan was implemented now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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