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6th Sep

2013

Dr Nick Maisey, our GI Cancer specialist, was appointed as co-chair for a committee in the London Cancer Alliance (LCA) overseeing a change in the way thousands of people across London will receive chemotherapy treatment. The LCA is a network of specialist cancer centres and local hospitals across south-east, south-west and north-west London. Its role is to oversee the management of cancer for a population of approximately 4.8 million people.

There is a national aspiration that all patients with cancer should have easy access to chemotherapy treatment and to receive care as close to their home as possible. Dr Maisey explained “currently many people have to travel long and sometimes difficult journeys on public transport across London to receive chemotherapy treatment. Often they are elderly and may be feeling unwell from the effects of their cancer and cancer treatment. If we can provide treatment closer to where they live it will be a huge step forward in our cancer service.”

There are significant challenges in maintaining a robust clinical governance framework and also ensuring that the UK remains at the cutting edge of clinical research. The project, partly funded by Macmillan is expected to last 3 years.

www.londoncanceralliance.nhs.uk

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