The Cancer Alliance today publishes its Advocacy Toolkit for Area #2 – dealing with Early Detection and Treatment.
Detected early enough, patients with Stage 1 and 2 cancers have excellent survival rates. But education is crucial if we are to ensure early diagnosis and treatment to pursue good treatment outcomes and optimal survival rates.
So what do we need?
- A primary healthcare system that is cancer minded, skilled and effective for early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care.
- Community awareness.
- Trained healthcare professionals (HCPs).
- Diagnostic ability.
- The development of functional referral pathways from primary care into diagnostic centres of excellence, and then on to tertiary cancer treatment centres within a workable time frame of no longer than four weeks.