Cancer Webinar: Key Themes & Q&A - 11th June 2020

Healthwatch in Sussex - a collaboration between local Healthwatch from Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, and West Sussex - arranged for cancer patients and their families to have their questions answered by three cancer experts.

The webinar was coordinated by Healthwatch in Sussex and with the help of Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Over 100 people across Sussex registered for the event.

What we heard:

  • Cancer screenings are currently limited.
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy tests are available but delayed.
  • Patients are urged NOT to hold back from contacting their GP with cancer-related concerns.
  • Patients have not been lost in the system but focus on corona virus patients has caused delays.
  • Patients SHOULD ATTEND hospital appointments.
  • Movement towards managed self-care for cancer patients with contact by telephone with cancer specialists .
  • Cancer shielding has lifted slightly with 90% of oncology appointments continuing remotely.
  • COVID-19 not as risky to cancer patients undergoing treatment, latest studies show.
  • Clinicians fear an influx of referrals once restrictions are lifted.
  • New lockdown methods are here to stay (remote contact with patients and PPE used by staff).
  • Cancer Support services are still available via Macmillan

Watch the Webinar

Cancer Webinar Video - Thursday 11th June.


You can download the report here. If you need it in a different format, please contact us at:

01273 234 041

Cancer Webinar - Summary Report
Cancer Webinar - Presentation Slides

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