The ABPI interviewed representatives of the UK cancer community – from the NHS, academia, industry and patient-facing charities – to review the findings of the IHE report, explore the impact of COVID-19 and identify opportunities for improving the care for those affected by the disease in the UK.
The challenges to improving cancer outcomes in the UK, as recognised during our interviews, appear to stem from national coordination and infrastructure, rather than a lack of knowledge and innovation. The successful adoption of innovation and resulting favourable outcomes delivered by some hospitals in the UK proves that well-resourced hospitals within the NHS are capable of delivering world-leading care. But the rest of the system needs to be brought up to their level, supported by the development of clear, consistent clinical pathways and infrastructure to diagnose cancer earlier.
The report Cancer in 2020 and beyond - Cross-sector insights into improving outcomes for cancer patients details the findings from the interview process and draws out recommendations that, if implemented, could make an important contribution to delivering better outcomes for cancer patients, improving survival as well as enhancing quality of life.