Over 13,000 people die from cancer in London each year, with more than half under 75 years of age.  The number of cancer cases in London is expected to increase as the population ages and continues to grow.

We want to make sure cancer is diagnosed as quickly as possible and are working to improve care and ensure equitable access to specialists, GPs, hospitals and healthcare professionals.

To achieve this, cancer experts from a range of specialties reviewed the capital’s cancer services. We published the case for change in December 2009, demonstrating the need for improving the capital’s cancer services. We engaged with a range of people between August and November 2010 on the proposed model of care, which received widespread support.

In January 2011, the NHS in London began the implementation of the proposed model of care.