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The NHS has launched a programme to encourage patients to have any potential cancer symptoms checked out:
NHS staff have worked hard to ensure that cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic. Between March and September, over 1 million people were referred by their GP with suspected cancer, and over 291,000 cancer treatments were carried out.
Local teams have made innovative changes to ensure patients can be diagnosed and treated safely, including COVID-protected hubs for cancer treatment and making available ‘COVID-friendly’ drugs which have limited impact on patients’ immune systems and require fewer hospital visits.