NHS England, in conjunction with Macmillan and Cancer Research UK, is introducing a trial of multi-disciplinary centres aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis. Patients with unclear symptoms often have to go through a lengthy process of referrals and tests before their cancer is diagnosed while precious time is lost in treating the cancer early.
The centres aim to diagnose the disease or give the ‘all-clear’ within 28 days.
The first 10 of the new centres are located in London and the southeast, Oxford, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. Others are expected to follow if the initial trial is successful.