A new system for coordinating cancer treatment which it hopes will save thousands of lives each year has been unveiled by Britain's Department of Health.
Data from millions of patient records has been brought together in the biggest cancer registration database, giving specialists instant access to detailed clinical data.
AdvertisementIt is expected to highlight differences in quality of care across the country and allow personalised treatment for each cancer patient.
"This is game changing," said Jem Rashbass, who leads the Cancer Registration Service at Public Health England.
"This puts us at the forefront of cancer care for the next two decades," he told the paper.
"In effect, every cancer patient has a rare disease that is different in some way from another cancer."
"This allows us to carry out refined searches to see how other tumours have responded to identify the optimum treatment as early as possible," he explained,
The new service has taken five years to develop and collates detailed clinical information on 350,000 cancers diagnosed across England.