Breast Cancer: Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of patients with secondary breast cancer have a dedicated nurse specialist allocated to them.

Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement on page 72 of the Independent Cancer Taskforce's Cancer Strategy for 2015-2020 that all NHS trusts should now be recording recurrent and secondary breast cancer patients, how many and what proportion of NHS trusts are undertaking such recording.

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

The NHS Cancer Programme aims to improve access to cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) for all cancer patients when they need it, including those with secondary breast cancer. Health Education England is also working to expand the number of CNS and develop clear CNS competencies and routes into training.

The National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) has mandated collection of breast cancer recurrence data in its Cancer Services and Outcomes Dataset (COSD) since 2013. Hospital trusts are also required to submit recurrence data in the Cancer Waiting Times (CWT) dataset. Data published on the NCRAS legacy website shows that of the 140 trusts that could be expected to be collecting data on breast cancer recurrence in 2016, 140 submitted data for 2016 diagnoses through the COSD or CWT data collection mechanisms. The NCRAS legacy website is available at the following link:

http://www.ncin.org.uk/cancer_type_and_topic_specific_work/topic_specific_work/recurrence

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