This improvement is in most G8 countries, and in comparison the UK lags. The main outcome indicator is how soon a patient gets referred and imaged or biopsied. Waiting times for tests and out patient appointments are important, and must be speedier if we are to match other countries. At the moment we just don’t have the imaging and radiology capacity..
Half of people with cancer will now survive in the long term, according to figures that mark a “tipping point” in the fight against the disease.
Cancer should no longer be seen as a death sentence and is on its way to becoming a chronic condition that people can live with for decades, Cancer Research UK said as it published figures revealing huge improvements in care in the past 40 years.
Fifty per cent of those told they have cancer today are likely to live for at least a decade, compared with just a quarter in the 1970s, according to analysis of data on seven million patients. Many patients who live for ten years after diagnosis will be effectively cured, with no greater chance of dying of cancer than anyone else.
Yet there are huge variations between different types of cancer, with just five per cent of lung cancer patients projected to live more than ten years and just one per cent of people with pancreatic cancer likely to do so, unchanged from the 1970s. By contrast prostate cancer has shown huge improvements, with 84 per cent living more than ten years, up from 25 per cent in the 1970s…
Cancer survival rates
The chart below shows the percentage of people who have survived for at least 10 years after diagnosis. Use the buttons to see survival rates from 1971 to 2007. For further graphic look here