The Northern Cancer Alliance is delivering improvements and innovations in cancer care across the ICS area, through a collaboration of providers, commissioners and third sector organisations working to increase cancer survival, reduce inequalities and improve patient experience. Recent developments include:
- A new digital pathology imaging service, funded by £2 million of NHS England cancer transformation funds, to speed up diagnosis for over 250,000 patients across the north east and north Cumbria, using the latest technology. The investment is being used by staff and specialists in the Northern Cancer Alliance to develop innovative and pioneering ways of slashing cancer waiting times by diagnosing and treating three out of four cancers at an early stage. The new service will reduce the need to transport patient samples by creating digital images of tissues which can be shared far more easily and will help facilitate collaborative working to support diagnosis. The innovation will support 115 pathologists across nine NHS hospital trusts. Find out more information at Northern Cancer Alliance Early Awareness and Diagnosis.
- An event to look at improving care for patients with oesophageal and gastric cancers (which accounts for around 20 per cent of all cancers in the region) was held in February for clinicians, commissioners and third sector partners. The event shared the new national optimal pathway and identified local good practice in speeding up diagnosis of these cancers to ensure delays are minimised for patients.
- In March the Northern Cancer Alliance held a special ‘learn and share’ event dedicated to involving the public in improving cancer care. The event marked the end of a two year project to develop a patient involvement framework and was funded by Macmillan. You can find out more information at Northern Cancer Alliance Public Involvement Share & Learn Event.
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