Colorectal cancer: policy context

Policy documents specific to colorectal cancer:

Cancer Genetics Services in Scotland: Guidance to support the Implementation of Genetics Services for Breast, Ovarian and Colorectal Cancer Predisposition (76kb) (2001) and Full Reference Document  (146kb) (2001).

Clinical Standards: Management of Bowel Cancer services (298kb)  (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, March 2008) Review of the clinical standards for management of Bowel (Colorectal) cancer services in Scotland. 

SIGN126 Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer (SIGN, 2011) (1.6Mb) provides guidelines on treating patients with colorectal cancer.

Evaluation of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot(1,724kb) (2003) and Supplement(1,036kb) (2003).

Bowel Cancer Framework for Scotland (Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change, 2004) (455Kb). In this framework the key components of a national bowel cancer service programme are outlined.

Policy documents on general cancer policy:

Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change, 2001 (SE, July 2001) (2.1Mb) outlined a plan for developing and improving cancer services in Scotland, and highlighted cancer as a major priority for the Scottish Executive. Progress against this document was summarised in Cancer in Scotland: Sustaining Change, 2004 (SE, May 2004) (1.6Mb).  This document covered initiatives undertaken over the three years since the initial document was produced, including modifying risk factors, increasing screening, and improving treatment and services. The Scottish Government published its most recent cancer plan, Better Cancer Care, An Action Plan (1.7Mb), on 27 October 2008.  A progress report was published in 2010.

Detect Cancer Early (SG, 2012) - this programme aims to improve survival for people with cancer in Scotland and to be among the best in Europe by diagnosing and treating the disease at an earlier stage.

Transforming Care after Treatment (2013) - this programme is a partnership between the SG, Macmillan cancer support, NHS Scotland and local authorities to support a redesign of care following active treatment for cancer.

The Scottish Government's Cancer webpages provide further information on cancer policy and its implementation in Scotland.