The King's Fund

How to improve cancer survival

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Catherine Foot, Tony Harrison
  • Publication date: 09-Jun-2011

Cancer survival rates in England are improving, but they still lag behind those in the best-performing countries in the world. The current government has identified cancer survival rates as an area for improvement and the cancer strategy commits to saving an additional 5,000 lives by 2015, but how can these improvements be achieved?

How to improve cancer survival, published in partnership with Cancer Research UK, considers the existing differences in cancer survival rates between countries and discusses the reasons for these variations including: stage at diagnosis and diagnostic delay; treatment factors; patient factors; and tumour biology and physiological/biological factors.