There are more and more people being diagnosed with cancer.
But Wales has some of the lowest survival rates in the western world.
The system as it stands is not working as best it should. The NHS is not diagnosing cancer early enough. The 60 year-old Velindre Cancer Centre does not have the facilities or space we need. We’re not giving every patient the best possible service joined up close to home wherever they live. And we’re not preventing enough cancer in the first place.
So, across the system, whatever our roles and wherever we are based, organisations are coming together to improve cancer services.
We are working to build a new Velindre Cancer Centre with a satellite radiotherapy centre in Abergavenny. We are working to make the most of the opportunities digital technology brings. And we need to work differently.
In future we will prevent cancer in the first place where we can. We will diagnose cancer earlier to improve the chances of curing it. We will treat more patients and help more people live longer with cancer. And we will treat more patients closer to home.
We are doing all this for our future generations so that they can live for longer and better.
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The Velindre Cancer Centre provides specialist cancer services for the 1.5 million people living in South East Wales.
The Cancer Centre is run by Velindre University NHS Trust. In 2015 the Trust established the Transforming Cancer Services in South East Wales Programme. The programme’s objectives are to:
• Provide patients and carers with quality services that deliver optimal outcomes
• Deliver sustainable cancer services to the population in the most effective way
• Be a leader in education, research, development and innovation
• Comply with relevant standards
To achieve these objectives, we have set up seven projects covering:
1. Enabling works for the new Velindre Cancer Centre
2. New Velindre Cancer Centre
3. Digital and equipment
4. Radiotherapy satellite centre
6. Service delivery and transition
7. Velindre Cancer Centre decommissioning
We’ve produced a short film to explain where patients are likely to get their treatment and care in future.