The NHS Long Term Plan has now been launched which sets out the way forward for cancer services.
See the summary here: Cancer and the NHS Long Term Plan
In the consultation period, and in meetings with the team preparing the plan, we have pushed for genomic testing for CUP patients and it is pleasing to see in the attached ‘The offer of genomic testing to all people with cancer for whom there would be clinical benefit’. We need to wait and see how this is interpreted and actioned. We are pleased to see also the ‘Roll out [of] new Rapid Diagnostic Centres across the country so patients displaying symptoms of cancer can be assessed and diagnosed in as little as a day.’ This was piloted in 2018 and we saw this an excellent way of helping CUP patients who often present with vague symptoms to get a rapid referral.