Benefits from specialised cancer care

Lancet. 1996 Aug 3;348(9023):313-8. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(96)02482-8.


The Expert Advisory Group's recommendations to establish cancer centres, cancer units, and a network involving primary care for the treatment of cancer patients in the UK is based on the view that specialisation in cancer care will improve outcomes. Evidence to support the various aspects of specialisation (eg, training, caseload, and the formation of multidisciplinary teams) is strongest for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and some haematological malignant diseases. There is evidence to support the view that some specialised care can be successfully delivered by a network of district hospitals and main general or teaching hospitals and does not always require referral to cancer centres.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cancer Care Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Europe
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Survival Rate
  • United Kingdom