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The UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) is the UK’s largest multi-interest group in lung cancer.
Evidence from the recent National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) 2011/12 reveals that over a third of lung cancer patients felt that the staff involved in delivering their care did not work well together.7
The National Cancer Peer Review Programme recently expressed serious concerns about specific issues in a number of lung cancer MDTs amounting to 12% of all the 158 MDTs reviewed. The most common problems in the teams included lack of CNS cover and high CNS workload; delays in CT scanning; bronchoscopy capacity leading to problems with access and delays; lack of fast track lung cancer clinic; delays in radiology (commonly CT guided lung biopsy) and pathology; lack of clinical oncology expertise and limited access to thoracic surgeons. These findings endorse the recommendations outlined in the UKLCC’s new Dream MDT for Lung Cancer Report. 8
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7. Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011/12 national report. Access October 2012 and accessed at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/08/cancer-experience-survey/
8. National Cancer Peer Review Programme Report 2011/2012: Lung. Accessed October 2012 and available at: http://www.cquins.nhs.uk/documents/resources/reports/Lung_NCPR_Report_11-12.pdf
UK Lung Cancer Coalition
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