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Our cancer work focuses on four key areas to ensure effective, safe and quality cancer care and
support to all patients. The four key areas are:

Early Diagnosis

The aim of this work is to ensure that people are diagnosed as early as possible; in the early stages
rather than later stages and not as a result of an emergency at an Accident and Emergency
department. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the outcomes should be.

Dr Sundus Yahya, consultant clinical oncologist said: “When it comes to cancer, time can be of the essence. The earlier cancers are caught and treated, the better the outcome often is."

Living with and Beyond Cancer

The aim of this work is to support people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, after a cancer diagnosis. We know that there are many organisations in our CCG’s area that can support
people living with and beyond cancer, for example, through lifestyle information, access to services,
welfare and benefits advice and so on. 

Addressing Breaches in Diagnosis and Treatment

The aim of this work is to ensure patients receive diagnosis and treatment on time. In order to do this, we look at information every month that tells us if patients have received diagnosis and treatment when they should have (31 days and 62 days respectively), or if their hospital has ‘breached’ or failed to meet these targets. We work closely with our local hospitals and other clinical commissioning groups across Birmingham and the Black Country to further improve in this area.

Communications and Engagement

The aim of this work is to ensure that healthcare professionals, patients and the public have access to information and education regarding cancer.