Over two million people waiting for screening, tests and treatments

The impact of coronavirus on cancer services revealed.

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COVID-19 has placed a huge strain on cancer services in the UK.  

It’s been felt in all areas of cancer care – from screening and diagnosis through to cancer treatment, as we’ve blogged about before. And new figures have revealed the sheer scale of this disruption – estimating that over 2 million people in the UK are waiting for screening, tests and treatments since lockdown began 10 weeks ago.  

Our chief clinician, Professor Charles Swanton, has seen first–hand the devastating impact this pandemic is having on patients. “Delays to diagnosis and treatment could mean that some cancers will become inoperable. Patients shouldn’t need to wait for this to be over before getting the treatment they need.” 

“We can create a safe environment for both staff and cancer patients if testing efforts ramp up quickly.” 



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