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People Living With Cancer

Population Outcome: People Living with Cancer in Suffolk and North East Essex Stay Well

Early diagnosis, the best quality cancer treatment, care and support are essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to stay well. Awareness of symptoms, access to screening and prompt access to testing enables early diagnosis. High quality information, treatment and care improves chances of recovery and good quality life for people and their carers and families.


Barometer Measure

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Prevalence and Incidence Data

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Diagnosis and Treatment Data

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Mortality Data

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Five Year Survival Data

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Equality Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Cancer diagnosis

High quality cancer care

Delays in diagnosis

ESNEFT Receiving a Cancer Diagnosis


Patients' praise for cancer care

Feedback from ESNEFT 2021 Cancer Patient Experience Survey

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Suffolk Patient Feedback Informs National Standards

Informing urgent and emergency care performance standards

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Strains on family members

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Waiting for diagnosis

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Early Diagnosis

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Hospital cancer care

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Published Evidence

Barriers to screening for cancers

Race and Ethnicity

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Gender and Sexual Minorities

Long Term Effects of Cancer Treatment and Experience

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Wider Data

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters to people living with cancer and why

What matters?Why?
I can recover through prompt diagnosisAwareness of symptoms and when to seek help means I can seek help if I have signs of possible cancer.

Prompt and easy access to screening and diagnostic tests means I can be diagnosed at an early stage, improving chances of recovery and survival.
I can recover with high quality treatment and careAccess to the best personalised treatments and technology improves chances of recovery and survival.

Kind, caring compassionate staff who communicate well with me and with each other enables me to have a positive experience of my treatment.

Support to manage the emotional and practical impacts of cancer diagnosis and treatment helps me and my carers and family to cope and to recover.
I have the advice and information I need to live wellInformation on what to expect from testing and treatment, and where I can seek support, helps me to understand what is happening, to minimise stresses on me, my carer and my family, and to know how and where to seek help if I need it.

Prompt access to advice and testing is crucial if I become worried that my illness is returning.
I am treated as an individualTreating me, my carer and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardProfessionals who actively listen and respond enables me to have the right diagnosis first time.

Having choice and control over my treatment and support means I can better manage my health and wellbeing and recovery.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will develop cancer screening at the times and in places convenient to people so that it is easier to access.We will recognise the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment on people, their carers and families’ physical and mental health, and provide emotional and practical support.
We will co-produce targeted campaigns to increase awareness of screening, have confidence in the procedures, and encourage access to testing and screening among groups and communities at higher risk of specific cancers.We will enable people to access expert advice promptly if they are worried their cancer may have returned.
We will co-produce high quality personalised joined up cancer care services that communicate well with people and with each other.We will support people to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.
We will co-produce information people need to live well during and after treatment, including side effects of treatments, practical and financial help available.

Case Studies – how we’re making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies

Region Wide

East of England Cancer Alliance
Improving Cancer Services Together: East of England Cancer Strategy


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Stay Well


Essex County Council
Adult Social Care Business Plan 2021-25


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

NHS Trusts

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
ESNEFT Strategy 2019-24

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