Stephen Fry slams 'deadly' waits for NHS cancer treatment and urges ministers ... trends now

Stephen Fry slams 'deadly' waits for NHS cancer treatment and urges ministers ... trends now
Stephen Fry slams 'deadly' waits for NHS cancer treatment and urges ministers ... trends now

Stephen Fry slams 'deadly' waits for NHS cancer treatment and urges ministers ... trends now

Stephen Fry has today urged Brits to sign a petition calling on the Government to get a grip on Britain's cancer crisis. 

Throwing his support behind the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, he slammed the 'deadly' delays tens of thousands have faced and praised King Charles for raising awareness of the disease in general.

Fry, 66, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 but has since recovered. 

Damning figures show more than 200,000 cancer-stricken patients in the UK have endured delays to their treatment since 2020. 

Some have been forced to wait months to start chemo and other vital therapy.  

Throwing his support behind the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, Stephen Fry slammed figures showing more than 200,000 patients have experienced treatment delays since 2020

Throwing his support behind the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, Stephen Fry slammed figures showing more than 200,000 patients have experienced treatment delays since 2020

While the level of progress for cancer survival for some forms of the disease has been rapid, such as for breast and prostate cancers, others, like those for lung and pancreas have only improved at a snail's pace

While the level of progress for cancer survival for some forms of the disease has been rapid, such as for breast and prostate cancers, others, like those for lung and pancreas have only improved at a snail's pace

The petition, which has gathered almost half a million signatures, was launched in 2020 by the parents of Kelly Smith, Craig and Mandy Russell, along with leading oncologist Professor Pat Price, founder of the charity Radiotherapy UK.

Ms Smith's life expectancy was drastically cut short after her bowel cancer chemo stopped as a direct result of Covid. 

Doctors have long raised concerns that cancer targets across the NHS are still being missed, even when somebody has been diagnosed with the disease.

Latest NHS data shows fewer than two thirds (65.9 per cent) of patients started their first cancer treatment within two months of an urgent referral. 

NHS guidelines state 85 per cent of cancer patients should be treated within this timeframe. 

But this target has never been met.

In a video shared on social media by Radiotherapy UK, Fry said: 'In 2018 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. 

'You never know how you're going to react when you get that kind of news and very sadly it's something one in two of us are going to go through.'

He added: 'Since 2020, 225,000 people have waited too long for cancer treatment, and these waits can be deadly. 

'If, like me, you want to help, here's what you can do. Join me and sign the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign petition.'

 

Radiotherapy UK's charity director, Sarah Quinlan MBE, said: 'Stephen and his team have been wonderfully supportive of what we are trying to do, which is spotlight the many thousands of people waiting too long for cancer

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