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Improving cancer care for patients in the Thames Valley

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 2:43pm 7th December 2018.

Every person in the Thames Valley with cancer should receive the best possible care.

The County Council are discussing the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance (TVCA) five year plan today (6th Dec).

Last year, The Cancer Alliance was given £9 million to support earlier diagnosis and recovery.

Now they have a number of priorities before 2021 including:

  • reducing the amount of smokers from 15.4% to 10.8%
  • increase the proportion of patients with a recorded cancer stage to 80%
  • Deliver the 28 day standard - 95% of patients referred for testing by a GP are definitively diagnosed with cancer, or cancer is excluded, within four weeks
  • Every person with cancer has access to all four elements of the Recovery Package 
  • Increase one-year survival for all cancers to 75% from 72.5%
  • Increase the numbers of patients surviving ten years or more by 1400 (57%)
  • Increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stage 1&2 to 75%

The Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System has already made progress in delivering improvements, supported by TVCA. 

They have:

  • Engaged with practices and populations of greater need to improve screening
  • Created additional diagnostic capacity
  • Implemented recovery packages for patients with breast cancer
  • Facilitated public and patient engagement events
  • Recovery and achievement of the 62 day standard for August and September.

The TVCA work will continue over the next 2-3 years to achieve sustained improvement in access, care and quality.

You can see the full report here

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