Nav: Home

Association for Cancer Physicians releases cancer patient strategy for UK

January 05, 2016

The Association for Cancer Physicians (ACP), which represents and supports medical oncologists in the UK, has published a new Strategy for improving cancer patient services and outcomes.

The Strategy has been published in the open-access journal ecancermedicalscience, where it is freely available to read.

"The ACP, with input from patients, has worked hard to produce this Strategy," says strategy author Prof Peter Selby, Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Leeds and Consultant Physician at St James's University Hospital.

"The Strategy focuses on improving the quality of life and survival of cancer patients towards the goal in two decades of over 70% of patients surviving for more than 10 years."

"Cancer is a common problem, directly affecting 1 in 2 people in their lifetime," notes author Dr Sarah Payne, an Honorary Consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, and Medical Affairs Manager of Pfizer UK.

She explains that advances in prevention and early detection, treatment options for patients, and understanding of the biology of the disease have led to over 50% of UK cancer patients surviving their disease for 10 years or more.

"Oncology as a specialty has contributed substantially to these improvements over the last 25 years," says Dr Payne.

The comprehensive Strategy is authored by influential medical oncologists from around the UK, who invited input from experts in each area, as well as patient perspectives. It reflects a significant evolution of medical oncology planning and practice in the United Kingdom.

In the UK, as in the rest of Europe, healthcare is under tremendous pressure, the strategy explains, with increasing service demands, an aging population and increasing costs generating pressure on NHS services.

The authors feel that medical oncology is in a place to provide leadership and support for colleagues in all of the healthcare professions in the management of the pressures in cancer care.

"Notably, the aims are to improve the delivery of excellent and safe medical oncology care for patients, contribute to the overall development of the NHS and provide a substantial contribution to the development of innovative approaches to cancer care," continues Dr Sarah Payne. "This is vital at a time of unprecedented acceleration of knowledge, rapid changes in the management of patients and the therapies available and the increased demand on cancer services and financial constraints on the NHS.

The aim is for the strategy to bring about the developments and changes through the actions of its members at all stages of their career and their involvement with policy makers at the local, national and international levels."

The strategy is "a living document" and will be reviewed annually, reflecting the changing landscape of cancer care in the UK.

The authors write, "We hope to be able to show steady progress in the outcomes for our patients and demonstrate the value of the ACP's increasing contributions, as the specialty of Medical Oncology continues to grow in coming years."
Read the Strategy Document in full here:

Watch an interview with Prof Peter Selby here:


Baird Richard, Banks Ian, Cameron David, Chester John, Earl Helena, Flannagan Mark, Januszewski Adam, Kennedy Richard, Payne Sarah, Samuel Emlyn, Taylor Hannah, Agarwal Roshan, Ahmed Samreen, Archer Caroline, Board Ruth, Carser Judith, Copson Ellen, Cunningham David, Coleman Rob, Dangoor Adam, Dark Graham, Eccles Diana, Gallagher Chris, Glaser Adam, Griffiths Richard, Hall Geoff, Hall Marcia, Harari Danielle, Hawkins Michael, Hill Mark, Johnson Peter, Jones Alison, Kalsi Tania, Karapanagiotou Eleni, Kemp Zoe, Mansi Janine, Marshall Ernie, Mitchell Alex, Moe Maung, Michie Caroline, Neal Richard, Newsom-Davis Tom, Norton Alison, Osborne Richard, Patel Gargi, Radford John, Ring Alistair, Shaw Emily, Skinner Rod, Stark Dan, Turnbull Sam, Velikova Galina, White Jeff, Young Alison, Joffe Johnathan and Selby Peter (2016) An Association of Cancer Physicians' strategy for improving services and outcomes for cancer patients ecancer 10 608


Related Cancer Articles:

Cancer mortality continues steady decline, driven by progress against lung cancer
The cancer death rate declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop in cancer mortality ever reported.
Stress in cervical cancer patients associated with higher risk of cancer-specific mortality
Psychological stress was associated with a higher risk of cancer-specific mortality in women diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Cancer-sniffing dogs 97% accurate in identifying lung cancer, according to study in JAOA
The next step will be to further fractionate the samples based on chemical and physical properties, presenting them back to the dogs until the specific biomarkers for each cancer are identified.
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers identify one way T cell function may fail in cancer
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have discovered a mechanism by which one type of immune cell, CD8+ T cells, can become dysfunctional, impeding its ability to seek and kill cancer cells.
More cancer survivors, fewer cancer specialists point to challenge in meeting care needs
An aging population, a growing number of cancer survivors, and a projected shortage of cancer care providers will result in a challenge in delivering the care for cancer survivors in the United States if systemic changes are not made.
New cancer vaccine platform a potential tool for efficacious targeted cancer therapy
Researchers at the University of Helsinki have discovered a solution in the form of a cancer vaccine platform for improving the efficacy of oncolytic viruses used in cancer treatment.
American Cancer Society outlines blueprint for cancer control in the 21st century
The American Cancer Society is outlining its vision for cancer control in the decades ahead in a series of articles that forms the basis of a national cancer control plan.
Oncotarget: Cancer pioneer employs physics to approach cancer in last research article
In the cover article of Tuesday's issue of Oncotarget, James Frost, MD, PhD, Kenneth Pienta, MD, and the late Donald Coffey, Ph.D., use a theory of physical and biophysical symmetry to derive a new conceptualization of cancer.
Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type
In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed health indicators for children born to young breast cancer survivors in North Carolina.
Few women with history of breast cancer and ovarian cancer take a recommended genetic test
More than 80 percent of women living with a history of breast or ovarian cancer at high-risk of having a gene mutation have never taken the test that can detect it.
More Cancer News and Cancer Current Events

Trending Science News

Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

Top Science Podcasts

We have hand picked the top science podcasts of 2020.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Listen Again: Reinvention
Change is hard, but it's also an opportunity to discover and reimagine what you thought you knew. From our economy, to music, to even ourselves–this hour TED speakers explore the power of reinvention. Guests include OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash Jr., former college gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#562 Superbug to Bedside
By now we're all good and scared about antibiotic resistance, one of the many things coming to get us all. But there's good news, sort of. News antibiotics are coming out! How do they get tested? What does that kind of a trial look like and how does it happen? Host Bethany Brookeshire talks with Matt McCarthy, author of "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic", about the ins and outs of testing a new antibiotic in the hospital.
Now Playing: Radiolab

Dispatch 6: Strange Times
Covid has disrupted the most basic routines of our days and nights. But in the middle of a conversation about how to fight the virus, we find a place impervious to the stalled plans and frenetic demands of the outside world. It's a very different kind of front line, where urgent work means moving slow, and time is marked out in tiny pre-planned steps. Then, on a walk through the woods, we consider how the tempo of our lives affects our minds and discover how the beats of biology shape our bodies. This episode was produced with help from Molly Webster and Tracie Hunte. Support Radiolab today at