Delays have begun to cancer treatments, as patients are reprioritised ahead of capacity becoming overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis.
In three separate developments:
- A London trust announced it was cancelling chemotherapy and routine cancer operations for a fortnight due to coronavirus pressure;
- An NHS England covid-19 guidance document indicated palliative care cancer patients will be less likely to receive appropriate treatment; and
- Cancer waiting times guidance has been changed to provide for some urgent referrals for suspected cancer to be sent back to GPs without diagnosis.
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Source: HSJ, 23 March 2020
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