People living with and beyond cancer across the UK are helping to improve cancer services by completing a new NHS Quality of Life Survey.
Recognising that quality of life (QoL) outcomes are as important to patients as survival, the QOL survey asks people affected by cancer how they’re doing. Answers from participants can be related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment, other illnesses, or other things happening in their life.
Since its launch in September 2020, over 180 people across Humber, Coast and Vale have completed the survey and are therefore playing their part to ensure the information collected fully represents our local population.
To highlight the importance of understanding what quality of life means to people living with and beyond cancer, NHS England has released two new videos:
Barbara Griffin, a Trustee of local cancer support group York Breast Friends, features in the video and said: “To me, quality of life means being fit and healthy and being able to do the things that I want to do, and also having family and friends around me who also have good health, both physical and mental.”
Initially, people who have been diagnosed with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer will receive the survey around 18 months after their diagnosis. People with all other cancer types will then be included from July 2021 onwards.
To find out more about the new Cancer Quality of Life survey, please click here.