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Simple information on cancer spread

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20140224 Cancer choicesI came across a useful article for lawyers who may be dealing with claims for medical negligence; many social workers might find it of interest, because it explains simply how cancer develops and the stages of treatment and care.

Link to simple article on cancer.

How cancer spreads is broadly predictable, depending on your age. The political point is that the government is quick to blame slow referrals for diagnosis to what is claimed to be the UK’s poor results on outcomes of treatment for cancer. There is something called a TNM (Tumour – lymph Node development – Metastases) score, which indicates how far the cancer has spread – more spreading means less likelihood of successful treatment. The spread of the tumour is measured on a 1-4 scale – 4 being the widest spread. After that, cancer spreads to lymph nodes, from which it moves on to other organs in the body.

As the article says, doctors are supposed to follow the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidance on cancer treatment, and there is also NICE guidance on how a cancer service should be run. Unfortunately, these are written for doctors so they are largely incomprehensible, but here’s a link:

NICE Cancer website

The best place for general guidance about medical conditions for normal people is the NHS Choices website

NHS Choices Cancer website.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

25 February 2014 at 11:21 am

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