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Findings of lung cancer pathway initiative published

5 June, 2017
Lung cancer diagnosis

A new report jointly published by Cancer Research UK, Macmillan and NHS England has provided a set of recommendations for improving the diagnostic pathway for patients with suspected lung cancer.

The report provides analysis of the Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme, an initiative focused on testing innovations that help to streamline diagnostic pathways.

It provides a number of key recommendations for Cancer Alliances and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as well as case study examples from NHS trusts which have trialled new approaches.

One of the conclusions of the report is that appropriately trained radiographers can play a key role in the reporting of chest x-rays and being part of the diagnostic team.

It states: “Concerted effort by local teams can achieve significant positive change.

“Change is more likely to occur if primary and secondary care clinicians work together with the encouragement and support of senior management and local commissioners.

“No one single lung cancer pathway configuration holds the answer to best performance but the trusts that manage to achieve tight, well-coordinated arrangements with same-day testing where appropriate, are achieving shorter pathways to diagnoses.”

Download the report.

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