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  • PHE Cancer Board Plan 2017 - 2021 A plan for PHE staffThis report, aligned with the Five Year Forward View and the Independent Cancer Taskforce Report, details Public Health England's approach to co-ordinating cancer work for the next 5 years. 17/10/2017
  • Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets Versus Subcutaneous Morphine for the Management of Severe Cancer Pain Episodes in Patients Receiving Opioid Treatment: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Noninferiority TrialThis research article has led to a Practice Changing Update on DynaMed Plus. It found that sublingual fentanyl may be as effective as subcutaneous morphine for pain reduction at 30 minutes in adults with cancer and severe pain episodes 05/10/2017
  • Improving the diagnosis of prostate cancerThis economic evaluation examines a model which simulates the long-term costs and health consequences of immediate diagnosis and treatment compared with monitoring. By linking the diagnosis outcomes with the long-term costs and consequences, the model evaluates the costs and health consequences of the different diagnosis strategies over the patients' expected lifetime. In diagnosing prostate cancer, the objective is to find the men with clinically significant prostate cancer, who are at high risk of metastases and who benefit the most from immediate treatment. 05/10/2017
  • Good enough? Breast cancer in the UKThis report uses available data from across the UK to look at prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. It highlights the opportunities to save more lives from breast cancer, and improve the lives of those living with it. 05/10/2017
  • National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients: Annual report for public and patients September 2017.This report looks at what care and treatment women receive from the time of finding out they have breast cancer to the end of their treatment. The results consider women aged 70 and older and compares their care to women between 50 and 69, in particular. The audit was set up because older women with breast cancer appear to have worse outcomes than younger women and because there are differences between regions in the patterns of care delivered to older women. 21/09/2017
  • From The Frontline: Workforce Pressures In The NHSThis report argues that current workforce pressures are affecting the level of care being delivered to cancer patients. The report is based on survey results from over 250 GPs and nurses working in primary care across the UK and it finds that over half are not confident that the NHS workforce is able to provide adequate care to cancer patients, given the current pressures it faces. 12/09/2017
  • Cancer in the West MidlandsThe aim of this report is to equip care providers and policy makers with an insight into the burden of cancer, as well as providing an overview of the extent of the identified risk factors, across the West Midlands population. It is intended to be used by commissioners of health services to enable more timely diagnosis and improve treatment pathways, and also by local authority commissioners in terms of the wider prevention agenda 25/08/2017
  • Bowel cancer deaths drop by a third in 20 yearsAccording to new figures, bowel cancer was responsible for 38 deaths/100,000 people in 1995, falling to 26 deaths/100,000 people by 2015, which equates to decrease from 17,600 in 1995 to 15,800 in 2015. Experts believe better treatment lies behind the dramatic drop in deaths. 18/08/2017