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NHS England Announces New Plans to Transform Cancer Care

Correspondents: Aisha Gomez and Roosa Tikkanen, the Commonwealth Fund

NHS England’s National Cancer Programme released a report describing major changes planned for the next few years. The measures form part of the NHS’s five-year national cancer strategy, developed in 2015. The NHS has earmarked £130 million for modernizing radiotherapy equipment, as well as £200 million for new care models that aim to ensure earlier detection and improved survival. In addition, the NHS is testing two new quality metrics: a patient quality-of-life indicator that measures patients’ post-treatment outcomes, as well as a faster diagnosis standard that ensures patients receive a cancer diagnosis or an “all-clear” verdict within 28 days.

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