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Study shows tentative increase in survival from NHS cancer plan

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 25 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1260
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The NHS’s cancer plan has achieved small improvements in survival at one year for many types of cancer over the past few years, finds a study looking at trends in cancer survival in England since the plan’s introduction in 2000. But it warns that the data do not yet provide definitive evidence of its effectiveness.

    When the plan was introduced the United Kingdom had some of the poorest rates of survival from cancer in Western Europe. The plan was designed to improve five year survival in England with the aim of matching the best in Europe by 2010.

    Researchers compared cancer survival in England with that in Wales, where a …

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