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The rationale for early intervention for patients with ER+, HER2- m BC (Pfizer sponsored) Understanding pathways that drive breast cancer (Pfizer Sponsored) The UICC TNM Classification System e-learning course is available now. News: Anxiety - a risk factor for death from cancer in men News: Study finds no link between vasectomy and prostate cancer risk News: New ‘ecosystem’ test strongly predicts ovarian cancer survival News: Dying tumour cells release intracellular ions in a last-ditch attempt to block the immune system News: Cancer patients not getting adequate pain relief News: More than two-thirds of cervical cancer deaths prevented by screening The Association of Cancer Physicians in the United Kingdom has developed a strategy to improve outcomes for cancer patients and identified the goals and commitments of the Association and its members.Keywords: medical oncology, cancer physicians, cancer policy, cancer strategy Copyright: © the authors; licensee ecancermedicalscience.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Our consultants and their teams have contributed substantially to improvements in cancer outcomes over the past 25 years.We are greatly encouraged that over 50% of UK cancer patients now survive their disease for 10 years or more.We are at a time not only of unprecedented acceleration of knowledge with regard to all aspects of cancer, but also of rapid change in terms of patient management and new therapies.To deliver better outcomes for patients, we must overcome challenges over the next decade, such as increased demand for cancer services and financial constraint in the NHS.The first version of the ACP strategy was published on 13 July 2015.

This second version is prepared as an update to reflect the publication of the Report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce entitled ‘Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes. We have also responded in this strategy to helpful meetings with the President and the Senior Officers of the Royal College of Physicians.

These inputs, arising soon after the initial publication of our strategy, were felt by the ACP Executive to be of sufficient importance to justify bringing forward the annual update of our strategic document.

The independent cancer taskforce (ICT) proposes the following six strategic priorities: • Spearhead a radical upgrade in prevention and public health • Drive a national ambition to achieve earlier diagnosis • Establish patient experience as being on a par with clinical effectiveness and safety • Transform our approach to support people living with and beyond cancer • Make the necessary investments required to deliver a modern high-quality service • Overhaul processes for commissioning, accountability, and provision The ICT sets out its benefits potentially to be an additional 30,000 patients per year surviving cancer for 10 years or more by 2020 of which almost 11,000 will be through earlier diagnosis.

In addition, it is hoped to narrow the gap between England and the best countries in Europe in cancer survival, increasing integration of health and social care, improve patient information and empowerment, improve patient experience and quality of life, reduce the growth in the number of patients being diagnosed with cancer and reduce the variability of access to optimal diagnosis and treatment and the consequent inequalities in outcome.

This may be associated with significant savings through improving the process and outcomes of patient care which could be re-invested to achieve further improvements in future.

We welcome the prospect of investment in aspects of cancer prevention, early diagnosis, management and the support of patients with cancer throughout their journey that has been identified by the ICT and will lend our support to those who are charged with arguing the case for this with Government.