New cancer data hub will improve treatments and save lives

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

New cancer data hub will improve treatments and save lives

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System is a partner in the development of a new national cancer data hub, which could potentially help save the lives of up to 30,000 people a year in the UK.

The hub is to be created, thanks to a successful, multi-agency, bid, which has seen Yorkshire and Humberside awarded part of a £4.5million pledge by the government to set up the hub.

DATA-CAN – The Health Data Research UK Hub for Cancer – will work with patients across the UK to bring their clinical data together and use this data to help develop improved cancer treatments, give patients faster access to clinical trials, and understand how we can improve NHS cancer services. The Hub will be supported by patients, charities, clinicians, academic and industry-based researchers and innovators, and will involve cancer hospitals across the UK.

One in two people will get cancer during their lifetime. Every year, almost 400,000 new cases are diagnosed in the UK, and cancer costs the NHS £7bn annually. Using cancer data more effectively could improve cancer survival rates, potentially contributing to saving the lives of 30,000 cancer patients a year.

DATA-CAN aims to transform the ability of researchers to use high-quality cancer data, while ensuring all data is held securely and patients can decide how their data might be used. It is one of seven Health Data Research Hubs being set up across the UK to speed up research for new medicines and treatments, support quicker diagnoses and potentially save lives

The Health Data Research Hubs are part of a four-year £37million investment from the Government Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), led by UK Research and Innovation, to create a UK-wide system for the safe and responsible use of health-related data on a large scale.

Partners working with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System include West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS, Humber, Coast and Vale STP, UCL Partners, Queen’s University Belfast also representing partners in Wales, Genomics England and IQVIA.

Professor Des Breen, Medical Director for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System said: “DATA-CAN will support the use of data to deliver benefits for patients and healthcare professionals, improve the health of UK citizens, enable world-leading medical research and create new investment in healthcare. We are delighted to be a partner in enabling this to become a reality.”

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