Cancer care in the UK is lagging behind the rest of Western Europe, according to a leading medical expert.
There’s a chance to hear a free talk by Prof Karol Sikora, Dean of the University of Buckingham’s new Medical School, on Tuesday, January 27.
With a staggering 10,000 people dying unnecessarily from cancer in the UK each year, Can Britain Do Better For Cancer? is the subject of the lecture.
Prof Sikora said: “Although the NHS can deliver some of the best cancer care in the world, our average is far below the standard of Western Europe.
“Poor access to diagnostic scans, delays in getting hospital appointments and starting treatment are rife.
“There are an estimated 10,000 unnecessary deaths a year due to our failure to provide the latest technology in a timely manner.”
Prof Sikora will argue that politicians are choosing to emphasise vote-catching gimmicks rather than developing sustainable strategies.
He believes better diagnostics and personalised therapies will improve cancer survival – but only if we can radically redesign our care pathways.
Prof Sikora is a world-respected oncologist and campaigner for better universal cancer treatment.
He is clinical director for cancer services at Hammersmith Hospital, where he has established a major cancer research laboratory.
He chaired an appeal that raised £8 million towards the construction of a new cancer centre at Hammersmith.
The first students at the University of Buckingham Medical School began their studies this week.
They will spend two years of their MBChB degree at Buckingham and then move to Milton Keynes Hospital for the remaining two and a half years of the course.
Students will be making contact with patients with long-term illnesses at more than a dozen surgeries in Buckingham and the surrounding area and will remain in contact with the patients for the first 18 months of their course.
The free lecture takes place at the University of Buckingham’s Chandos Road Building at 6.30pm.
There will be a question and answer session afterwards and drinks and nibbles will be served.