A £100 million strategy to tackle cancer by improving prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and after care, has been launched by Health Secretary Shona Robison.
Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action, will serve as the blueprint for cancer care in Scotland over the next five to ten years.
The plan contains more than 50 actions, including:
£50 million for radiotherapy equipment and to support radiotherapy recruitment and training
£9 million over five years to ensure better support for people with cancer and their families, for example, through Link Workers and other initiatives like Macmillan’s Improving the Cancer Journey
£5 million to target reducing inequalities in screening uptake
£7.5 million to support improvements in surgical treatments
An additional £10 million to support swift access to diagnostics for people with suspected cancer
£3.5 million to drive improvements across the palliative care sector and to support targeted action on training and education
£5 million to support waiting times performance