The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA) seeks to improve how cancers are diagnosed in the UK. The audit uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support. It looks at how patients are diagnosed with cancer, including which symptoms they report, how often they go to see their GP, what tests they have done, when they are referred and when they find out about their diagnosis.
The NCDA helps us to better understand what good practice already exists, as well as where changes may be needed to improve care and, ultimately, diagnose cancers at an earlier stage.
“I was diagnosed with my cancer extremely quickly, which I am sure made the whole process slightly easier to deal with. I suspect with a delayed diagnosis the outcome might have been very different.” Jennifer, patient representative for NCDA
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