1 in 5 NHS patients believe delays to treatment made their cancer worse

A recent report by MacMillan Cancer Support found a collapse in waiting time standards since 2014 has resulted in 180,000 dangerous treatment delays, with the charity chief saying cancer care is in ‘crisis’

One in five NHS patients whose cancer treatment has been delayed think the hold-up made their condition worse, research shows. They reported being left with fewer treatment options such as surgery no longer being possible.

The study by MacMillan Cancer Support covers people diagnosed in the past decade. Its chief executive Gemma Peters said: “Cancer care is in crisis after years of governments failing to act.” The NHS constitution says there should be no more than a 62-day wait from urgent GP referral for suspected cancer to first treatment.

Full story in The Mirror, 20 June 2023