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'Worryingly low' NHS lung cancer operations to encourage switch to private medical cover?

Published on 11/11/2010
New statistics revealing the "worryingly low" number of lung cancer patients undergoing surgery on the NHS could encourage more people to take out private medical cover as an alternative.

Researchers from the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) looked at newly diagnosed NHS lung cancer patients in England between 2004 and 2006 and followed them up for six months after diagnosis.

They found that overall nine per cent of lung cancer patients had surgery, compared to many parts of the world where around 20 per cent are being operated on and where lung cancer survival rates are much higher.

Dr Mick Peake, clinical lead for the NCIN, said: "These figures show a worryingly low number of people are having surgery for lung cancer in England.

"Not all lung cancer patients will be eligible for surgery as this depends on the stage of their cancer or whether they have any other diseases.

"However these data still show that only half compared to the best in the world are having this potentially lifesaving treatment. And this may be a major reason why the long term survival figures for patients with lung cancer in England are not as good as they could be."

He added that more research is needed into the reasons why surgery rates are so low, suggesting it could be because there is a lack of lung cancer surgeons or that diagnoses are not being made early enough. 
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