Cancer patients in England spend 5 million days in hospital in the first year of diagnosis

Each patient spends 20 days on average in hospital during the first year of a cancer diagnosis New research from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) finds that on average a person diagnosed with cancer will spend 20 days in hospital during the first year. Overall, cancer patients … Read more

Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Forty per cent of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors’ receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM) published today (Tuesday) in the Journal of Public Health. In a survey of almost 2,000 people in Great Britain, the most commonly perceived barriers … Read more

1 in 5 emergency bowel cancer patients had symptoms before diagnosis

Around one in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed after an emergency presentation have displayed at least one cancer ‘alarm symptom’ in the year leading up to their diagnosis, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in the British Journal of Cancer. The study found that ‘red flag’ symptoms were much more common in patients who were diagnosed via non-emergency … Read more

Dementia patients share their stories

To mark Dementia Awareness Week last week, several people with dementia in Lancashire took part in a video project to record their experiences of living with the condition. Lancashire County Council held an event to launch their stories as part of their work to increase early diagnosis of dementia in the county. Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, … Read more

Big data driving earlier cancer diagnosis in England

A PHE big data project has helped drive a fall in the proportion of cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency. The proportion of cancers diagnosed as an emergency at hospital has decreased. At the same time, the proportion of cancers diagnosed through urgent GP referral with a suspicion of cancer has increased. The complete Routes to … Read more