Project Summary and Objectives:
The Department of Health has accepted the recommendations of its Expert
Advisory Group on Cancer that hospital treatment should only occur in the
'specialist' settings of Cancer Units and Cancer Centres. This policy was
promoted by professional associations and is supported by patients'
associations and the wider public, as a means by which variations in the
quality of care might be minimised. It is assumed that "universalising
the best" will ensure optimal outcomes for cancer patients. There is
good, if circumstantial, evidence that this is so for the rare, but
potentially curable malignancies, but comparable data for the common adult
cancers is limited.
A preliminary literature search suggests that adequate information satisfactorily to address the relationship between these issues may be very limited. The study will therefore also identify areas for future primary research studies.
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