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Cancer patients in region could see faster diagnosis and more support after £1.3m grant

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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Cancer patients in the region could see faster diagnosis and more support at home after a partnership of health chiefs and councils were granted £1.3m.

The Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has been granted the cash to raise awareness of the disease, speed up diagnosis and provide support in the community.

The funding, unlocked by NHS England, comes after the area’s three hospitals - the Norfolk and Norwich University, James Paget University and Queen Elizabeth - met national targets for treating patients within two months of referral.

It will be used to provide mobile CT scans to detect early signs of lung cancer in areas where people have some of the worst health outcomes, speed up cancer diagnoses and launch a cancer recovery package enabling people to return to normal lives.

It will also see a new outreach community cancer nurse scheme piloted to provide support during and after treatment.

Tonia Dawson, Macmillan clinical lead of the Cancer Alliance, which submitted the bid for the funding, said: “We are delighted that the STP will receive these funds. It is testament to everybody’s hard work in improving treatment times, which was the positive evidence required to release the resources for further improvements.

“This is a huge boost for cancer patients in Norfolk and Waveney.”

The STP is bidding for further funding over the next two years, which it would use to buy diagnostic equipment and digitalise histopathology, so doctors and nurses can access biopsy results remotely.

Professor Erika Denton, associate medical director at Norfolk and Norwich and clinical lead for the STP’s cancer workstream, said: “This is significant funding for cancer services across our STP and is in recognition of the hard work and commitment of many teams involved in cancer care.

“We are excited by our plans to improve services for patients and expand support for cancer prevention, as well as earlier diagnosis.”

The project will be run in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, patients and carers.

Anyone who would like to get involved should email lrollo@nhs.net

The STP is made up of county councils, clinical commissioning groups and the ambulance trust among others.

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