Following the release of the NHS Long Term Plan, the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce has issued the following statement:

“While we welcome the plans to improve early diagnosis of cancer and make genomic testing more widely available, the government has missed a crucial opportunity to make a commitment to specifically drive improvements in outcomes for the less survivable cancers. 70,000 people are diagnosed with one of the less survivable cancers every year and this will be incredibly disappointing for them. None the less, as a group of six charities, fighting brain, stomach, oesophagus, lung, liver and pancreatic cancers, we have set the government a target to double the survival for these cancers, and we will keep up the pressure on them to achieve it before the end of this decade. We are determined to ensure that no-one with one of these cancers feels as though they have been written off.”