Investment to tackle bowel cancer ‘lottery’

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A £1.5m scheme aiming at improving treatment and care for bowel cancer in Yorkshire has been launched.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is running the five-year scheme to tackle the illness as patients in the region currently face a postcode lottery.

Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group has one of the poorest survival rates in the country, with figures from 2012 showing just over 70 per cent of patients survive one year after diagnosis. This is lower than the England average of 76.7 per cent and rates in Sheffield.

The new programme will be led by Prof Phil Quirke, from the University of Leeds’ Institute of Cancer and Pathology, and will work with Yorkshire hospitals to look at current practice and identify areas for improvement.

Professor Quirke said: “This project will ensure the highest quality of treatment is available across the county including state of the art surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as collecting information specific to each patient which will be used to guide treatment and monitor outcomes.

“The aim is for all hospitals in the region to achieve the ‘gold standard’ in bowel cancer treatment and care, saving the lives of 150 patients every year in Yorkshire.”

* For more on bowel cancer, read the Healthy Living page in Monday’s YEP.