4 November 2014
New research shows that swallowing a sponge on a string could replace traditional endoscopy as an equally effective but less invasive way of diagnosing a condition that can be a forerunner of oesophageal cancer.
Jacqui Graves, Head of Health and Social Care at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“At Macmillan Cancer Support people tell us that being diagnosed early and having the best possible experience whilst going through treatment are of fundamental importance to them and can save lives.
“Our latest research shows that people with oesophageal cancer have a worse experience than people with many other cancers . This is partly because it requires highly invasive treatment. We also know people with oesophageal cancer are more likely to be diagnosed late than people with other cancers .
“If the new Cytosponge test can significantly improve both those things for people with oesophageal cancer this could be very positive.
“But it’s important to note that today’s findings do not mean that this treatment will soon be available on the NHS across the UK. We recommend people discuss with their medical team whether the test would be right for them and if so, where they can access it.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 Saunders CL, Abel GA, Lyratzopoulos G. Inequalities in reported cancer patient experience by socio-demographic characteristic and cancer site. Evidence from respondents to the English Cancer Patient Experience Survey. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2014, DOI: 10.1111
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