Postcode lottery means borough among worst-performing healthcare area for cancer patients

Waltham Forest patients losing out in Cancer 'postcode lottery'

Waltham Forest patients losing out in Cancer 'postcode lottery'

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Cancer patients in Waltham Forest are losing out in a postcode lottery, with a low number surviving for more than a year after diagnosis.

A survey by Macmillan Cancer Support shows 36 per cent of patients die within the period, compared to and of 24 per cent in the best performing areas. 

The borough was ranked third worst in the country, but there are six areas with a 38 per cent rate.

Carol Fenton, general manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in London and the south-east, said: "This analysis shows an unacceptable postcode lottery.

"Your chances of surviving cancer should not be affected simply because you live in Waltham Forest.

"In Waltham Forest 36% of people diagnosed with cancer die within a year of diagnosis. This is worse than the national average and we must do better.

"When patients have to wait longer for diagnosis and treatment their chances of surviving cancer are significantly reduced."

Ms Fenton is calling on local health commissioners and political parties to work with GPs to provide support, advice and guidance and improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer. 

 

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4:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

the dame says...

Waltham Forest has been aware of this situation for a number of years and I regret that no action appears to have been taken to reverse the trend.
As soon as cancer is suspected an MRI scan should be recommended.
I, personally, lost two close friends who had cancer, were not diagnosed correctly, treated with painkillers and subsequently died as cancer was detected too late. There can be no excuse for late detection.
Waltham Forest has been aware of this situation for a number of years and I regret that no action appears to have been taken to reverse the trend. As soon as cancer is suspected an MRI scan should be recommended. I, personally, lost two close friends who had cancer, were not diagnosed correctly, treated with painkillers and subsequently died as cancer was detected too late. There can be no excuse for late detection. the dame
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5:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

tjw422 says...

My wife and I can find no complaints about the breast cancer screening in LBWF/Whipps X/Barts.
2 years ago a mammo and biopsy detected a very small cancer area, and treatment was completed with op. and radiotherapy.
This July/August, follow up tests detected another small area of cancer, and with further scans and investigations a mastectomy and re-construction is to be actioned by early Sept.
We have no issues with the care and attention between Whipps and Barts regarding treatment on breast cancer related issues.
My wife and I can find no complaints about the breast cancer screening in LBWF/Whipps X/Barts. 2 years ago a mammo and biopsy detected a very small cancer area, and treatment was completed with op. and radiotherapy. This July/August, follow up tests detected another small area of cancer, and with further scans and investigations a mastectomy and re-construction is to be actioned by early Sept. We have no issues with the care and attention between Whipps and Barts regarding treatment on breast cancer related issues. tjw422
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