Compare cancer treatment quality reports on new website
We sometimes get calls on the Helpline from people who are trying to make decisions about where to be treated for breast cancer. A new website hosted by the NHS may help with this.
Users of the site My Cancer Treatment can compare NHS cancer services in England using information taken from the National Cancer Peer Review programme which is part of the National Cancer Action Team.This programme aims to ensure delivery of high-quality cancer services.
When a hospital's cancer services are reviewed they are assessed against a set of quality measures set for each cancer type. Marking is either during an external visit or self-assessed by treatment teams. A report is then published with information about the quality of cancer services provided by that hospital.
The website pulls together all this information so that people can compare reports on different NHS trusts.
The reports also include patient experience survey results so if you're asked to complete a survey you may be helping others decide about their cancer treatment. Questions include whether or not patients get a named specialist nurse to help support them during their treatment. Also whether they feel they were involved in treatment decisions.
The website is easy to navigate and you can search by cancer type postcode or hospital to find and compare NHS services in up to three hospitals at one time.
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