For the first time in England, all sarcoma services will be commissioned to deliver the same level of service to patients. Sarcoma UK is delighted to see the implementation of the Sarcoma Service Specification.
As an uncommon cancer, it may not be at the forefront of any healthcare professional’s mind when seeing a patient. Just over a quarter of patients were told their symptoms were ‘not serious’ or were started on a treatment pathway for another condition.
Survival rates for sarcoma are poor, but we know that rates increase when sarcoma patients are treated in a sarcoma specialist centre under the care of a dedicated sarcoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
Like for all cancers, time is such a crucial factor. We’re hopeful that changes in the service specification; that referral pathways must be clear, known and promoted, means that when there is a suspected or confirmed sarcoma, the patient is referred directly to the appropriate centre for treatment.
As a charity, it was important that Sarcoma UK was able to contribute to the approval of the service specification. We asked for your help and you responded. NHS England told us that there were five times as many responses to the sarcoma service specification consultation they would have expected.
Thank you for caring enough to take part. Your voice counts and, from today, it will make even more of a difference for even more people affected by sarcoma.