Working together to close the ‘Cancer Gap’ in Cheshire and Merseyside

Cancer experts in the region have come together as part of a drive to prevent cancers and improve early diagnosis of cancer in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Cancer is a key priority for Cheshire and Merseyside as part of its ambition to improve clinical outcomes, detect the disease earlier and ensure that patients have access to high quality care at every stage of their pathway.

The Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance met with more than 130 healthcare professionals and patient representatives from across the region to share progress and achievements in implementing best practice, hear about new developments and to help shape the next phase of the cancer programme.

Considerable progress has already been made since the establishment of the Cancer Alliance in 2017 which was identified as a ‘trailblazer’ by the National Cancer Programme Team earlier this year. The implementation of a number of key interventions has seen the region’s cancer patients assessed, diagnosed and begin their cancer treatment more quickly.

Through strong clinical leadership, new pathways of care - including those for lung and colorectal cancer - are being implemented.  The programme also includes investment in diagnostic services such as endoscopy, imaging and pathology to speed up access and improve efficiency.

Cancer Alliance Medical Director, Chris Warburton said: “Hosting the Improving Cancer Care Together conference, has given us the opportunity to speak to a large number of people from across the region, including those working on the front line or directly affected by cancer to share ideas and best practice. 

“We are determined to build upon achievements to date as we look forward to the next two years. We are preparing to submit a strong case to the National Cancer Programme Team, based on the needs of our population, should further funding become available. Service transformation in Cheshire and Merseyside is well underway so that every person diagnosed with cancer has the best chance of survival and receives excellent treatment and care.”

Presentations from the Improving Cancer Care Together event are available on the Alliance website: https://bit.ly/2SbgsgO

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