'How to improve cancer survival: explaining England's relatively poor rates' report published

Jun 20, 2011

The King's Fund, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, has published 'How to improve cancer survival: explaining England's relatively poor rates'. This report considers the existing differences in cancer survival rates between countries and discusses the reasons for these variations including: stage at diagnosis and diagnostic delay; treatment factors; patient factors; and tumour biology and physiological/biological factors. The authors suggest that the most plausible drivers for improved survival rates are: diagnosis at an early stage, including through effective screening programmes; access to optimal treatment; and improvements in the management of older people with cancer.

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