Lung cancer: policy context

Policy documents specific to lung cancer:

SIGN137 Management of lung cancer (3.1Mb) (SIGN, 2014) replaces SIGN80 (Not available anymore).

State of the Nation: An overview of the impact and priorities for lung cancer in Scotland. (421Kb) (UK Lung Cancer Coalition, 2014). This briefing sets out the latest evidence on the burden of disease, what steps are being taken to improve outcomes and suggested actions to raise the profile of these important issues.

Policy documents on general cancer policy:

Cancer in Scotland: Action for Change, 2001 (Scottish Executive, July 2001) 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 (Scottish Executive, July 2004). This document covers 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 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.