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Lung cancer treatment 'improving'

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Lung cancer care has improved in England and Wales, but the level is still below that offered in many other countries, a report by the Information Centre for health and social care (IC) has revealed.

The study shows a small increase in the number of patients receiving lung cancer treatment.

However, at nine per cent, the proportion of patients having surgery - the main curative treatment for lung cancer - remains lower than the European averages of 26 per cent for under-70s and 14 per cent for over-70s.

Dr Jesme Fox, medical director of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said that lung cancer is a devastating disease and that patients should be able to expect a high standard of care.

"Rather disturbingly, this report shows that care in England and Wales still lags behind Europe and the US. Patients have a right to expect more," Dr Fox insisted.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK.

© Adfero Ltd

 

Cancer news: 13/12/2007

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