Public And Private Healthcare Must Pool Resources To Beat Cancer

February 12, 1999

(National cancer centre is good idea) BMJ Volume 318 13 March 1999 pp736-7

The public and private health sectors should pool their resources to establish a UK Cancer Centre writes Professor Karol Sikora in this week's BMJ. The author, who heads up the WHO Cancer Programme, suggests that by setting up such a centre in London, such an initiative could pull together the efforts of the Institute of Cancer Research, the Royal Marsden Hospital, Imperial College, the Hammersmith Hospitals, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the international expertise practiced in many private hospitals in west London.

Sikora argues that "what is needed..... is political will and capital investment from both the public and private sectors... to create a single site...which could co-ordinate the new structure of cancer centres and units that is gradually building up throughout the UK." He also suggests that "as well as developing the treatments of the future such a centre would monitor the availability of care throughout the United Kingdom and ensure equity of access (and) act as a gold standard for cancer care and form part of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.." The author adds that such a site would be attractive to the pharmaceutical industry, which spends an estimated £150 million a year on cancer research in Britain.


Professor Karol Sikora, Chief, WHO Cancer Programme, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyons, France


Related Cancer Articles from Brightsurf:

New blood cancer treatment works by selectively interfering with cancer cell signalling
University of Alberta scientists have identified the mechanism of action behind a new type of precision cancer drug for blood cancers that is set for human trials, according to research published in Nature Communications.

UCI researchers uncover cancer cell vulnerabilities; may lead to better cancer therapies
A new University of California, Irvine-led study reveals a protein responsible for genetic changes resulting in a variety of cancers, may also be the key to more effective, targeted cancer therapy.

Breast cancer treatment costs highest among young women with metastic cancer
In a fight for their lives, young women, age 18-44, spend double the amount of older women to survive metastatic breast cancer, according to a large statewide study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Read More: Cancer News and Cancer Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to