Health Secretary sets out cancer care ambitions
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to make England among the best in Europe in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer – and in the support offered to cancer survivors.
This is part of his broader ambition to see England become one of the leading countries at tackling the top five killers: cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and liver disease.
He was speaking at the Britain Against Cancer conference on 11 December and on publication of the second annual report by Professor Sir Mike Richards on improving cancer outcomes.
The Secretary of State applauded the continuing progress the report shows in reducing premature mortality from cancer, but he also pointed to important areas where improvement is still needed.
He emphasised the need to reduce variation across the country and close the gap with other European countries. He also stressed the need to respond to the challenge of helping more people to live well beyond cancer.
The areas where the government is promoting action are:
Diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers will undoubtedly have a very important role to play in the government's plans for cancer care.