The case for change

THE Anglia Cancer Network (ACN), the body that coordinates the development of cancer services in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and part of Bedfordshire, said surgery for head and neck cancer needed to be transferred from Ipswich to Norwich to comply with national guidelines.

THE Anglia Cancer Network (ACN), the body that coordinates the development of cancer services in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and part of Bedfordshire, said surgery for head and neck cancer needed to be transferred from Ipswich to Norwich to comply with national guidelines.

This guidance suggests that surgery is carried out in centres which serve a population of approximately one million people and treat at least 100 new cases each year, which Ipswich Hospital does not do.

A spokeswoman for the Anglia Cancer Network, said: “Patients will continue to have all diagnostic rehabilitation and support care provided in Ipswich, meaning patients will still receive nursing care at Ipswich Hospital following their operation.

“It is only head and neck cancer surgery that is affected by the changes.

“Healthcare professionals and people who have been through head and neck cancer treatment can make a helpful contribution to the consultation, enabling us to best shape the future of the service.

“Those with first hand experience of treatment are encouraged to feed back their views or attend one of the public meetings to find out more about the consultation.”

Read the consultation document online

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