1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. As treatment and care improves more people are living with and beyond cancer. Fortunately half of those with cancer will now live for at least 10 years, whereas 40 years ago the average survival was only 1 year.
Further action is planned by the NHS to increase outcomes for people with cancer which includes:

  1. better prevention
  2. swifter access to diagnosis
  3. better treatment and care for all those diagnosed with cancer

Cancer commissioning responsibilities

The responsibility for commissioning cancer is shared across multiple commissioners and we want to work together to plan cancer pathways and deliver improved cancer outcomes and experiences.

Cancer screening

Cancer screening programmes, which are commissioned by Public Health England, are important in diagnosing cancer. >Find information on bowel, breast and cervical screening on the .

Cancer support centres

The centres listed below can support people with cancer, their carers and family. They are available to anyone affected by cancer and offer a range of services in a comfortable environment where you can share your concerns, ask questions and receive support.

Cancer support group

An independent group of people whose experience of cancer, whether as a patient or a carer, brings them together. Their objectives are to:

  • represent the interests of patients, carers and families who are, or have been, affected by cancer
  • develop and strengthen links and joint working with other local cancer groups
  • promote, support and assist in the development of patient centred health care within the community
  • ensure that patient involvement is central to cancer treatment and services
  • work in partnership with the healthcare community to influence cancer policy and service delivery and development

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