Kidney Cancer

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of incidences of misdiagnosis of kidney cancer.

Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take in the next five years to reduce the number of patients with kidney cancer who are misdiagnosed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the steps to improve the diagnosis of all cancers, including kidney cancer. This includes the establishment of Rapid Diagnostic Centres across the country to upgrade and bring together the latest diagnostic equipment and expertise. The Centres build on the 10 models being piloted through the Accelerate, Coordinate and Evaluate programme, which have focussed on diagnosing cancers where patients often present with non-specific symptoms and may go to their general practitioner (GP) many times before being sent for tests.

The NHS Long Term Plan also reaffirms that all GPs should use the latest evidence-based guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to identify adults at risk of cancer. The NICE NG12 referral guidelines for suspected cancer recommend that GPs refer those aged over 45 with visible hematuria who do not have a urinary tract infection for investigative tests and are available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng12/chapter/1-Recommendations-organised-by-site-of-cancer#urological-cancers

Over the last two financial years, over £200 million funding has been provided through our Cancer Alliances to transform earlier diagnosis and personalised care.

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