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NHS cancer patients ‘positive about experiences of care’

3rd September 2013

Experiences of cancer care are gradually improving, according to data from the latest national cancer patient experience survey from NHS England.

Views collated from 116,000 cancer patients across all 155 NHS Trusts have revealed that 88 percent of patients reported that the care they have received was either excellent or very good.

For example, 94 percent of patients said they were always given enough privacy when being examined or treated, 91 percent felt their clinical nurse specialist definitely listened carefully to them and 91 percent got understandable answers to important questions all or most of the time.

However, there were a number of disappointing trends revealed by the report, including the fact that 31 trusts' scores deteriorated.

NHS England's national clinical director for cancer Sean Duffy said: "Gathering the right kind of evidence helps us to have a better understanding of the different needs of people who use our services.  We can then do our best to address those needs."

Improving cancer care standards is vital, given that more than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801633188-ADNFCR

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