NHS England data for January 2019 show that no less than one in four patients diagnosed with cancer did not start treatment on time,
Hospitals have a target of 85% of patients starting treatment for Cancer within 62 days of their GP’s urgent referral. This is not being met because of lack of hospital staff, a situation that will get worse.
The Royal College of Surgeons confirm that hospitals are struggling to reduce long waiting lists for cancer treatment. 36,857 patients, for instance, had to wait over 9 months before commencing treatment; an increase of 39% on the previous year.
With Cancer causing 1in 4 of all deaths in UK these late treatment figures present dismal reading.
With a potential Cancer timebomb from children and adult obesity, (causing eight different cancers), Prevention now rather than Cancer treatment later must be the way forward for researchers.
For 1 in 4 of today’s patients however, late treatment will be too late.