23 May 2011
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to The NHS Information Centre’s research of a fifty per cent rise in lung cancer surgery in five years
Ciarán Devane, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
'This great news is long overdue for lung cancer patients, who traditionally have had one of the poorest chances of getting surgery due to late diagnosis of their cancer. It is time the treatment for these patients started to catch up with that for other cancer types and we hope this is the start of continued improvements. We now want the Cancer Networks to do more work within their areas to find out why there are variations, so we can work towards improving cancer care.'
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Ross, Senior Media & PR Officer of Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 7821 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack