27 November, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support

Delivering a data-driven, personalised approach to cancer care

In the UK, cancer remains the most common killer, causing 42 per cent of premature deaths every year. Estimates suggest that more than one in three people will develop cancer. Faster diagnosis, a better use of data and more innovative treatments must be at the heart of the NHS Long-Term Plan to tackle cancer. A better collection and analysis of data, such as the 100-000-genome project, which is now being expanded so that 1 million genomes will be sequenced, will be vital. Making better use of data can help to improve cancer outcomes by delivering timely and personalised treatments to patients, accelerating access to cancer medicines, and supporting the delivery of ground-breaking research.

Reform was delighted to host this high-level panel event which brought together 60 delegates, including senior Parliamentarians and policy makers, experts from the sector, private sector voices and the media.

Panelists included:

  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Roger Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, C the Signs
  • Melinda Hall, Head of Medical Affairs, AbbVie
  • Chair: Claudia Martinez, Research Manager, Reform

The event was kindly sponsored by AbbVie UK: