14 November 2011
Responding to a new report by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and King’s College London showing lung cancer survival in England could improve if more patients had surgery, Lindsay Wilkinson, Head of Healthcare at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer for both men and women.
‘There is no obvious justification for such a wide variation in lung cancer surgery rates across England. Commissioners, hospitals and individual consultants must look at these figures and ask themselves, and each other, whether they are offering surgery to everyone with lung cancer who could reasonably benefit from it.
‘This report strongly suggests that more lives could be prolonged or saved by better access to surgery and to specialists: it is important that it is acted upon.’
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Rebecca Openshaw – Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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About Macmillan Cancer Support: Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
Every day more people face the toughest fight of their lives. For cancer support every step of the way, or to find out how you can support their work, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk