Funding UK cancer care: time for a level playing field?

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Abstract / Description of output

Improving cancer survival rates is a UK priority and equity of access to high quality cancer irrespective of geography is a key principle. Surgery, radiation therapy and systemic therapy remain the cornerstone of the multidisciplinary management of cancer. However, costs of cancer care continue to escalate. A recent review (1) estimated the global costs of cancer care caused by death and disability as US $895 billion (excluding indirect medical costs and based on 2008 figures). Approximately 49% of patients are cured by surgery, 40% by radiotherapy alone or in combination with other treatments and 11% by systemic therapy. With > 90,000 patients per annum treated with curative intent by radiotherapy in the UK, one would anticipate that access to modern radiotherapy techniques would have a high priority. However, there are substantial differences in the NHS uptake of new anti-cancer agents and advanced radiation technologies. In this article, these differences are explored and recommendations made for addressing them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-7
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Biomedical Research
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Radiosurgery
  • Radiotherapy, Intensity-Modulated
  • Research Support as Topic
  • State Medicine
  • Technology Transfer


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