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Cancer: Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 76643, tabled on 20 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Long Term Plan, what progress he has made on the activity Cancer Alliances have undertaken to offer personalised care to people with cancer.

Answered on

25 August 2020

Support and information for all cancer patients in England is provided through four key personalised care interventions:

- Personalised care and support planning based on holistic needs assessments;

- Health and wellbeing information and support (including nutritional advice and psychological support);

- End of treatment summaries, that provide symptom management information;

- A Cancer Care Review with their general practitioner.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all personalised care and support should continue by telephone, video, online or by post if face-to-face appointments and group sessions have not been possible.

As set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, these interventions will be implemented where appropriate for every person diagnosed with cancer by 2021. NHS England and NHS Improvement are building up a picture of current provision to help target future work to support rollout.