What is London Cancer?

London Cancer is the integrated cancer system serving north east and central London and west Essex. This means we work with healthcare providers in these areas to deliver comprehensive and seamless cancer care to all patients from diagnosis, through treatment, to living with and beyond cancer. We also work to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and uptake of cancer screening programmes, with the aim of enabling earlier diagnosis and prevention where possible.

London Cancer is part of UCLH Cancer Collaborative – part of the national Cancer Vanguard. Learn more about UCLH Cancer Collaborative and London Cancer’s work as part of this here: www.uclh.nhs.uk/cancercollaborative

Learn more about the national Cancer Vanguard here: www.cancervanguard.nhs.uk

Why were we formed?

London has some of the worst cancer clinical outcomes in England and has low levels of patient satisfaction compared to other parts of the country. In 2010, the Cancer Services Case for Change identified that late diagnosis was a major contributing factor to these poor outcomes. It recommended radically re-organising care, raising public and primary care awareness of the warning signs of cancer and the importance of early presentation. London Cancer was created in 2011 in response to the recommendations made in the Case for Change, with patient involvement at the heart of what we do.

In 2014 and 2015 NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and the Independent Cancer Taskforce, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes emphasised poor outcomes and experience as issues that still need to be tackled across England. London Cancer’s work continues to be highly relevant to the national improvement agenda.