Cancer survival is the highest it's ever been. But despite the progress the NHS has made since the launch of the Cancer Strategy, we know that we can save more lives by catching more cancers early and starting treatment fast.
The NHS Long Term Plan makes a commitment to increase the proportion of people diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 of cancer to 75% over the coming decade.
Actions will include raising awareness of the symptoms of cancer with the public and clinicians, speeding up diagnosis by removing barriers to referral for GPs, and investing in imporved screening programmes and testing facilities.
The Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) ICS is a member of the West Midlands Cancer Alliance.
The Alliance has secured national transformation funding to support the delivery of key priorities in the national Cancer Plan and the NHS Long Term Plan. Over the coming decade, we will aim to:
- Improve one-year survival rate
- Improve bowel, breat and cervical screening uptake
- Roll-out of Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for symptomatic and non-symptomatic populations in line with national policy, and HPV as a primary screen in the cervical screening programme
- Improve GP referral practice
- Implement the faster diagnosis pathway
- Improve access to high-quality treatment servcies through the roll-out of Radiotherapy Networks
- Improve personalised care interventions in order to improve quality of life.