BTOG supports APPG report on lung cancer recovery after COVID

Launched on 30th November 2021, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health has produced a timely report on the impact of COVID on lung cancer.  To reflect the views within the lung cancer community, the APPG invited clinicians, professional bodies, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and its executive bodies, patient advocacy groups and patients themselves to submit evidence for the enquiry. 

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BTOG submitted evidence and supports this important APPG report on Lung Cancer Recovery After COVID. 

The report concludes “…that serious political intent is needed to not only restore lung cancer services to pre-COVID levels but to take it further and drive improvement to patient outcomes beyond expected levels.” And continues to say that “The roll-out of a full lung cancer screening programme across all four nations will do more to improve lung cancer survival than any other intervention. The implementation of the NOLCP, the restoration of personnel and equipment, earlier and faster diagnosis all play an essential part.” 

Professor Mat Callister, member of the BTOG steering committee said, “BTOG strongly supports the conclusions of the All Party Parliamentary Group report on Lung Cancer. Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the UK and a huge contributor to health inequalities. This report has made radical yet deliverable recommendations for improving lung cancer care that, if implemented, have the potential to dramatically improve outcomes for our patients. NHS teams across the country work tirelessly to do the best for our patients with lung cancer, and yet with better pathways and increased investment, we can ensure that we are providing a world leading service through earlier detection, more rapid treatments, and helping people to stop smoking.”

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