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Prostate Patients Get Poor Deal from NHS, Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Prostate Patients Get Poor Deal from NHS, Says NAO

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Men suffering from prostate cancer are the poor relations in NHS care, the National Audit Office has found.

An evaluation of cancer patients' experience by the NAO, published on February 25, found that most people's experiences have improved since 2000 when the NHS Cancer Plan was introduced.

But the report flagged up problems in certain areas, particularly communication, symptom relief and the lack of options available to patients in their last few days of life.

As was the case in 2000, prostate cancer patients reported a worse experience than those with other cancers, raising concerns about long waiting times and the sideeffects of treatment. Patients living in London were also less positive about their experience of NHS cancer services.

Provision of specialist palliative care across England was also found to be uneven and most patients lacked access to advice about financial benefits to support them. …

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