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17 Jun 2021

The NHS have released a progress check against the NHS Long Term Plan commitments for cancer. There are two targets of particular interest to us: (1) the roll-out of RDCs and (2) genomic testing for patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer. Roll-out of Rapid Diagnostic Centres In 2019 every Cancer Alliance set up its first RDC pathway, based onRead more

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Our friends (see below) in Australia have expanded from the SUPER trial to SUPER-NEXT with funding from the Australian Federal Government. SUPER-NEXT uses state-of-the-art genomics approaches to interrogate the molecular landscape of CUPs. These studies aim to help resolve the cancer tissues of origin, as well as identify potential targeted treatment approaches, providing valuable new information to clinicians to helpRead more

27 Oct 2020

We have been supportive of the concept of RDCs to speed diagnosis for people without obvious primary symptoms. As at Oct 2020 a report from NHS England shows: 34 RDCs are currently live, and a further 60 are in development. In July (most recent available data) RDCs received nearly 900 referrals and diagnosed over 130 cancers. 82% of live pathwaysRead more

20 Oct 2020

The 2020/2021 National Genomic Test Directory for cancer specifies the genomic tests commissioned by the NHS in England for cancer, the technology by which they are available, and the patients who will be eligible to access to a test. National Genomic test directory for cancer can be found here. It is then necessary to open an Excel spreadsheet and CUPRead more

09 Oct 2020

For information about the rollout of Rapid Diagnostic Centres see here

06 Oct 2020

We rely on the excellent stats department of CRUK and the latest available year’s (2017) incidence and mortality data for CUP are shown below: CUP incidence UK total: 8341. About 24 people a day in the UK receive a new CUP diagnosis. It is the 15th most common UK cancer (11th most common in females and 14th most common inRead more

06 Oct 2020

The Government has launched the new National Genomic Healthcare Strategy – “Genome UK: the future of healthcare” – setting out how the genomics community will come together to harness the latest advances in genetic and genomic science, research, and technology to create the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world. The Strategy is aimed at driving improvements in healthcareRead more