It is a well known fact that in the North West, the rates of cancer and deaths from cancer are higher than the national average. The focus of the Cancer Network is to help reduce the incidence of cancer and improve survival rates across the network footprint. We do this by engaging and working collaboratively with a wide range of health and care providers, commissioners, public health, local authorities, voluntary organisations and patient, carer and public involvement.
The recently published report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce "Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes" proposes ways how we can radically improve the outcomes that the NHS delivers for people affected by cancer by:
- Reducing the growth in cancer incidence;
- Improving survival;
- Improving experience of care, treatment and support;
- Improving the quality of life for patients after treatment and at the end of life.
The Cancer Network’s programme of work supports these principles and work is categorised under the following headings:
- Prevention, Awareness and Early Detection;
- Living with and Beyond Cancer;
- Patient, Carer and Public Involvement;
The Cancer Network sets the priorities and areas of work to develop and improve services in Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.
It is led by senior clinicians, supported by the Cancer Network Team, and is overseen by the Cancer Steering Group made up of commissioners, service providers, patients, carers and members of the public.