Lung cancer treatment in the UK is falling far behind that of the rest of Europe, figures released by the NHS Information Centre and the Royal College of Physicians has revealed.
The organisation compared statistics from the UK and compared them with data from the rest of Europe to determine any disparity between performances in lung cancer treatment.
Care, diagnosis and treatment were the main areas where the UK was found to be offering a service that was inferior to other European countries.
NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan, commented: "While there have been overall improvements in care since the previous audit in 2006, there’s still a wide variation between hospitals which cannot be explained on the basis of differing patient profiles alone."
He added that the trusts now have to analyse the data that shows where there may be room for improvement and take action accordingly.
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