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Drive to up lung cancer survival

5th November 2007

A new strategy to improve lung cancer survival in the UK has been launched today by a coalition of leading cancer experts.

Under the first-ever UK lung cancer plan the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) aims to double survival rates and remove national inequalities in lung cancer care.

Its 12-point plan includes the development of screening, earlier diagnosis and ensuring full access across the UK to a full range of lung cancer specialists and professionals.

The proposals are based on feedback from months of discussion between doctors, nurses, researchers and patients groups.

“Not only are the differentials across Europe alarming but currently, despite service improvements, you are four times more likely to survive lung cancer in some parts of England than others,” said UKLCC chair Dame Gill Oliver. “This is unacceptable.”

The Department of Health is due to publish a new cancer strategy later this year.

Dr Mick Peake, chair of the UKLCC’s clinical sub-group and NHS national clinical lead for lung cancer, commented: “We know if we apply the best standards of care already being demonstrated in some parts of the country, we can double one-year and five-year lung cancer survival rates by 2010 and 2015.

“Thousands of lives could be saved as a result.”

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