Introduction

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.

More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the four most common types of cancer are:

  • breast cancer
  • lung cancer  
  • prostate cancer 
  • bowel cancer

There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way.

Our plans for cancer services 

Over the last few years, our CCG has been working with our partners to improve cancer outcomes for patients in Bradford.

Following the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Independent Cancer Taskforce’s Cancer Strategy, there has been a greater focus on and scrutiny of cancer services.

We welcome this increased focus. Cancer survival rates in Bradford have been increasing year on year, however, we recognise that there is still work to be done to make sure our local rates are better than national survival rates.

Our work addresses specific areas cited in the NHS England Five Year Forward View - prevention, early diagnosis, research and innovation. We are looking at these areas to achieve better outcomes for our local population.  

We are working with providers of cancer services that we commission to assess current provision. We are also working closely with the public health team at Bradford Metropolitan District Council to make sure that our local population are cancer aware, especially around how the disease can be prevented. Our work does not cover the commissioning of specialised cancer services which are managed through NHS England