NHS strikes deal on first in a new generation of cancer busting drugs

NHS England | April 2020 | NHS strikes deal on first in a new generation of cancer busting drugs

The NHS has struck a deal which will see hundreds of people a year benefit from a ‘game-changing’ new cancer treatment.

Larotrectinib, will initially be used for children, young people and some adults, and targets tumours according to their genetic make-up, rather than where they originated from in the body.

The revolutionary treatment is the first in a new generation of ‘tumour agnostic’ drugs to be made available on the NHS following the deal endorsed by NICE, the organisation that ensures clinical and cost effectiveness.

Larotrectinib, also known as Vitrakvi, can be used against a wide range of cancers and could offer hope to patients with rare forms of the disease that may previously have been untreatable.

Further details available from NHS England

NHS cancer programme report

NHS England has published a report on performance of the cancer programme in the first half of the financial year 2019/20

The NHS Cancer Programme leads the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer. Leading change at the local level are Cancer Alliances, who work in collaboration with their local Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). This report provides an update on what has been achieved so far to deliver on the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions in quarters one and two for 2019/20.

Full report: NHS cancer programme. Update report April to September 2019

NHS Performance Statistics

Latest figures show record numbers of patients waiting for NHS treatment in England 

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This monthly release aims to provide users with an overview of NHS performance
statistics in the following key areas.

  • Urgent and emergency care – Accident and Emergency, NHS 111, Ambulances, Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Planned care – Referral to Treatment, Diagnostics, Mixed Sex
    Accommodation, NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care,
    Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Cancer – Cancer Waiting Times, Cancer Registrations, Cancer Emergency
    Presentations, Cancer Survival Estimates
  • Mental Health – Early Intervention in Psychosis, Out of Area Placements,
    Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder, Contacts and Referrals,
    Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Physical Health Checks for
    people with Severe Mental Illness

Full detail at NHS England

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Adult screening programmes review

Report of The Independent Review of Adult Screening Programmes in England | NHS England 

This report makes recommendations for overhauling national screening programmes to improve earlier diagnosis and cancer survival.  It calls for people to be given much greater choice over when and where they are screened; increase uptake through social media campaigns and text reminders; and roll out local initiatives which have boosted uptake.

Full detail at NHS England

See also: NHS England news release

Rapid Diagnostic Centres Vision and 2019/20 Implementation Specification

NHS England | July 2019 | Rapid Diagnostic Centres Vision and 2019/20 Implementation Specification

NHS England have released Rapid Diagnostic Centres Vision and 2019/20 Implementation Specification the purpose of this document is to outline the draft vision and approach for how Rapid Diagnostic Centres (RDCs)  will develop and support the transformation of cancer diagnosis services over time and provide an implementation specification for Cancer Alliances to begin setting up RDCs in 2019/20.

Rapid Diagnostic Centres Vision and 2019/20 Implementation Specification

 

Teenagers and Young Adults Cancer Services

NHS England | June 2019 | Teenagers and Young Adults Cancer Services

NHS England has launched a 60-day consultation to seek views on proposed changes to teenager and young adult’s cancer services. These are used by teenagers and young people aged between 16 up to the day before their 25th birthday. In some cases, and with the agreement of Children’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers from the age of 13.

The aim of the service specifications is to improve the outcomes and experience of teenagers and young adults with cancer.

This consultation guide sets out:

  • How care is currently provided.
  • The proposed changes and reasons for these.
  • How the proposed changes will be implemented

The consultation is open until 4 August 2019

Full details are available from NHS England 

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NHS England The UK should stop obsessing over GDP. Wellbeing is more telling

[NHS England Consultation] Children’s Cancer Services

NHS England | June 2019 |Children’s Cancer Services

NHS England has launched a 60-day consultation to seek views on proposed changes to children’s cancer services. These are used by children aged between 0 and 16. In some cases, and with the agreement of Teenage and Young Adult’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers up to the age of 18.

The aim of the service specifications is to improve the outcomes and experience of children and young people with cancer.

This consultation guide sets out:

  • How care is currently provided.
  • The proposed changes and reasons for these.
  • How the proposed changes will be implemented.
  • The consultation has been open from Wednesday 5 June and will run until Sunday 4 August 2019

See also:

NHS England blog