In Leeds there are currently 27,000 people living with and beyond cancer and around 4,109 new diagnoses every year. There are a number of challenges to address around smoking, obesity and other lifestyle factors which are thought to be responsible for 42% of cancer cases in the city. Our ageing population is also putting pressure on our healthcare services and improvements in cancer care mean that more people are living longer with cancer and need ongoing support. While cancer outcomes are certainly improving, we still need to do more.
The Leeds Cancer Programme brings together Macmillan, the NHS, Leeds City Council and other partners citywide to address some of these challenges.
Together we are committed to delivering the best outcomes for all in Leeds through world class cancer services shaped by patients, carers and the wider public.
Professor Sean Duffy, Strategic Lead Cancer Clinician and Director of the Leeds Cancer Programme, (pictured left), said:
"Our Leeds cancer team have ambitious plans to make sure the care that patients and their families receive is the best. It is only be working together that we can do this, thereby ensuring that we achieve the best possible outcomes for all."
“We want the best possible cancer outcomes for the people of Leeds. We believe that we can achieve this by working together across organisations to do things differently.” Sarah Forbes, (Right), Co-Chair of Leeds Integrated Cancer Programme and GP Cancer Lead and Associate Medical Director.
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