Sur­vival rates: ‘Some­thing right is be­ing done in west Lon­don’

Pos­i­tive news but still a long way to go to beat can­cer

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

PA­TIENTS in parts of west Lon­don are much more likely to beat can­cer than in other parts of Eng­land.

Ac­cord­ing to health sta­tis­tics from 2013, NHS Har­row saw nearly three quar­ters of the peo­ple di­ag­nosed sur­vive a year, sig­nif­i­cantly above the Eng­land rate of 70%.

Rates for 1-year sur­vival dif­fer for breast, col­orec­tal, and lung can­cer, with the bor­ough also hav­ing one of the best sur­vival rates for col­orec­tal can­cer, at 85%.

Tina Arthur of Marie Curie Em­bank­ment said it is pos­i­tive news for the area, even though there is still a long way to go.

“It is bril­liant that west Lon­don pa­tients can beat it, es­pe­cially when there have been many crit­i­cisms of the care re­ceived in a city where re­sources are stretched” she said.

“It could be down to a lot of fac­tors, such as where spe­cial­ist clin­ics are based, but this is some­thing which can be looked into.

“Ob­vi­ously some­thing right is be­ing done in west Lon­don for sur­vival rates to be higher than the rest of the coun­try and it’s cru­cial we look into those rea­sons.”

In West­min­ster and Houn­slow, fig­ures reached 73% for pa­tients be­tween 15 and 99.

How­ever, on the other side of the spec­trum, na­tional sta­tis­tics showed Hilling­don to be have one of the worst 1-year-sur­vival rates for lung can­cer.

Across Eng­land, the 1-year can­cer sur­vival in­dex for Eng­land in­creased steadily from 60.1% for pa­tients di­ag­nosed in 1998 to 70.2% in 2013.

The in­equal­ity in can­cer sur­vival be­tween the high­est and low­est Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups (CCGs) in Eng­land has shrunk since 1998, although more di­ag­no­sis have been made than ever be­fore.

Be­tween 1998 and 2013, data has shown that that 1-year sur­vival is gen­er­ally lower in the north of Eng­land than in the south.

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