Today, NHS England published its second annual report on progress made against the cancer strategy. This looks at ways to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond cancer.
CLIC Sargent CEO Kate Lee said: “It is good to see progress against some aspects of the Cancer Strategy, particularly in asking children about their experiences and the review of services for children and young people with cancer.
"However, CLIC Sargent remains concerned regarding progress on some key areas of the Cancer Strategy for children and young people with cancer, namely involving children and young people in research and improving children and young people’s experiences of diagnosis.
"We are also concerned more broadly about progress made in the areas of workforce, clear accountability for delivery of the Cancer Strategy and ensuring that the Cancer Patient Experience Survey continues. These areas are all crucial in creating a better experience for children and young people with cancer, as well as other cancer patients in England.
"I will continue to work with the Independent National Cancer Advisory Group, and CLIC Sargent will continue to work with NHS England, health professionals and charity partners across the country, to limit the damage that cancer causes to young lives and ensure the Strategy delivers for children and young people with cancer and their families.”