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Transforming support for people Living With and Beyond Cancer

Dr Richard Roope, Clinical Champion for Cancer, The Royal College of General Practitioners discussed Transforming support for people Living With and Beyond Cancer at today’s Developing Effective Cancer Survivorship Services Conference.  Dr Richard Roope Presentation covered:

  • meeting the unmet needs of people living with and beyond cancer
  • ensuring that by 2020 every person with cancer should have access to elements of a ‘Recovery Package’;
  • developing national quality of life metric by 2017 to ensure better support for people after treatment has ended
  • moving forward

In his presentation Dr Roope stated:

'More & more people are living longer'


'One of the largest factors of cancer is age'


'Since the 1980's there has been a fall in mortality from cancer, despite more people being diagnosed. There are many more cancer survivors now'


'For a long time we have seen cancer as a lottery, but we can have an influence on it' - Risk factors in our lifesyles are Smoking, Diet, Alcohol, Excersise and Sun exposure'


'Cancer impacts on the whole family unit, and we medical professionals need to offer holistic support - to the wider family group not just the patient'


'The speed of diagnosis affects your whole experience'


'Good diet and exercise before treatment can really help recovery'


'Our ultimate goal is to get people living longer and enjoying retirement'


'a great quote I came across is 'walking is man's best medicine'

Dr Richard Roope's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Dr Richard Roope Abstract:

Between 1979 and 2012 the incidence of cancer in the UK increased by 30%, however during this period mortality rates fell by 23%.  By 2030, cancer incidence is set to increase by a further 30%, and mortality rates by a further 17%.  These two trends have, and will continue, to result in more and more people living with and beyond cancer – projected to number 4 million by 2030.  This produces a challenge as to how best support and care for this increasing proportion of the population.  There is much that can be done both to prevent complications of treatment, and future problems.  Where they do occur, safe and comprehensive systems need to be developed, as recommended in “Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes – a Strategy for England 2015-2020”, published by the National Cancer Task Force.  This will require strong leadership and adequate resourcing.  Much of this care could be delivered in the community by Primary Care and Community teams.  If timely investment is made now, future costs to health and finances, both personal and national will be mitigated, and better outcomes and experiences will be forthcoming.

Further information

  1. Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes – a Strategy for England 2015-2020.
  2. The Expanding Role of Primary Care in Cancer Control. The Lancet Oncology, Vol. 16, No. 12

Dr Richard Roope Biography:

Richard Roope (MA, MBBS, MSc, FRCGP, AFOM, MFMLM) is a Portfolio GP working in Primary Care, Occupational Health and Cancer Management.  Richard studied medicine, and in his third year Psychology, at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and then did his clinical training at The Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1987.  Following House Jobs, and the GP Training Scheme in Oxford he joined his current practice in south Hampshire in 1991, where he is now the senior Partner.  He gained a Masters in Occupational Medicine at Manchester University in 2006, and provides services to a number of local employers. He has been a Primary Care Cancer Lead since 2002.  In 2011 he became the Central South Coast Cancer Network GP Lead.  He was a Macmillan GP 2012-15.  In April 2014 he took on the role of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Cancer Research UK Clinical Lead for Cancer.  He is a member of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative Core Group, the Be Clear on Cancer Steering Group and chairs the National Cancer Intelligence Network Primary Care Clinical Reference Group.  In May 2015, he was elected to Fellowship of the RCGP for his contributions to Cancer Management.  He was recently on the Expert Lung Cancer Working Group.  In July 2015, he was appointed as one of the Senior Clinical Advisors for Cancer Research UK, with oversight of prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. 

Download: Dr Richard Roope's full presentation

10 December 2015


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