13 August 2015
Responding to the two month (62 day) cancer waiting times statistics for April to June 2015 released today by NHS England, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Today’s figures reveal that waiting time targets for the 62 day wait to begin treatment for cancer have been breached yet again. This is now the worst result in a single quarter for six years; there are more than 6,000 people waiting over 62-days after an urgent GP referral to first treatment, up from 5,704 in the last quarter.
'Delays in accessing treatment can often leave people feeling upset, anxious or distressed. We have a duty to give these people timely access to treatment at what can be an incredibly difficult and isolating time in their lives.
'Once again we see the NHS is under pressure and there is an urgent need for a coordinated effort across the system to address these delays.
'There are 2 million people living with cancer in England  and many of them are currently struggling with the devastating and often long-term impact of cancer. This is yet more evidence that too many of these people are unable to access the type and quality of services they need.
'In order to address these problems and ensure everyone with cancer gets the best possible care and support throughout their treatment and beyond, Macmillan is urging the Government and the NHS to fully fund and implement the recommendations in the recent Cancer Strategy for England.'
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior Media and PR Officer Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 NHS England. Provider based cancer waiting times. 13 August 2015. http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cancer-waiting-times/
 Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1). Macmillan analysis based on extrapolation of 2010 and 2020 projections that the number of people living with cancer in 2015 in the UK. The England share of the UK total is taken from Maddams J., Thames Cancer Registry, personal communication. See also Maddams J, et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547
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