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Improving outcomes: a strategy for cancer from the DoH

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Without much fanfare this new publication from the DoH spells out the strategy for improving cancer outcomes in the NHS. Also watch this excellent video interview with Mike Richards and RCP Chairman Clare Gerada, hosted by Doctors.net, discussing some of the issues.
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Needs of Cancer Patients in Acute Care

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Prompted by the findings of NCEPOD reports into deaths within 30 days of systemic anticancer treatment, and also deaths within 96 hours of admission to hospital, a joint RCP/RCR working group is now developing a framework that would enable timely and appropriate decision making for patients with cancer who present to emergency care services. This work will support the development of acute oncology...
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Yet Another NHS Reorganisation

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Despite previous assurances that there would be no further top-down reorganisation of the NHS after the election that is exactly what has been proposed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley; read the House of Commons statement and responses here. This is likely to have significant implications for secondary health providers such as oncologists, raises the possibility of increased competition from pri...
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Acute Oncology Annual Update

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This meeting organised by Peter Selby took place in Leeds on the 23rd March 2010. It was kindly supported by Amgen and Sanofi-Aventis. The focus was on the development of Acute Oncology services in response to the NCEPOD and NCAG reports. Other areas covered included the management of carcinoma of unknown primary; this dovetails with acute oncology services and will be addressed in upcoming NICE g...
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NCAG Report Published

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The final version of the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group (NCAG), "Chemotherapy Services in England: Ensuring quality and safety" has been published . The group is co-chaired by ex-ACP Chair Peter Clark. The recommendations of the report will be a challenge for oncology services around the country. The NCEPOD report (no longer available) on deaths of patients within 30 days of chemot...
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