Patients and clinicians will join together to drive improvements in cancer services and treatment in Lincolnshire at an upcoming conference.
The Lincolnshire Cancer Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at the Golf Hotel in Woodhall Spa.
According to research, one in every two people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime, with it affecting many others as a result.
The interactive event will see patients and more than 50 senior health experts discuss cancer treatment pathways. It will be an opportunity to understand the latest in cancer treatments, how we encourage local people to attend screening appointments and become cancer aware and how we support people to live with and beyond cancer.
The aim of the evening is to bring people together to agree how we can continue to improve services for local people. Input from patients, consultants and GPs in attendance will help shape the cancer priority agenda for the county.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting has agreed to host the event.
Sarah-Jane Mills, chief operating officer at Lincolnshire West CCG and senior responsible officer for cancer in the county, said having patients and clinicians in the same room talking cancer has huge benefits.
She said: “We know that the sooner somebody receives a diagnosis and starts cancer treatment, the better their prognosis.
“There is lots of good work going on to improve cancer treatment and services in the county, but being able to have patients who have experienced cancer talking with clinicians will help us further improve what is available and ensure it is meeting the needs of people living in Lincolnshire.
“It is hoped that together patients and clinicians will help us design a system that provides the best clinical care but is sensitive to individual needs.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and really drive forward cancer care and treatment in the county.
“Public Health and the East Midlands Cancer Alliance have been developing a health needs assessment case for change for Lincolnshire.
“This will examine Lincolnshire’s population needs and identify the gaps and issues within the county. The health needs assessment will be presented at the summit and will be the focus of the evening’s discussion.
“The information will help us understand the needs and likely needs of people living in Lincolnshire, identify priorities and drive the improvement required to deliver excellent care for local people.
“We are pleased to have a panel of three senior clinicians as part of the summit. The panel will include Dr Sunil Hindocha from LWCCG, Dr Neil Hepburn of ULHT and Dr Tony McGinty from Public Health.
“This panel will discuss with the audience the issues anticipated in Lincolnshire and how we will work together to raise awareness, provide rapid access to assessment and treatment and help people live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.”
David Baldwin, clinical director from the East Midland Cancer Alliance, will then summarise the evening and give direction to Lincolnshire going forward.
The Cancer Fighters – a singing group of Lincolnshire women who have all been affected by cancer and - will be special guests at the summit, with members giving a talk to attendees about their own touching stories.
They will also be performing their hit song ‘We are the Cancer Fighters’ during the event.
Amelia Bailey, member of The Cancer Fighters, said: “We are so excited to be a part of this important event.
“We look forward to giving our stories and singing for the delegates. Cancer is a hugely emotive subject and it of course affects so many of us.”