Patient organisation comments
Beating Bowel Cancer stated that, based on contact with people affected by bowel cancer, it was supportive of a technology (such as OSNA) which aims to improves staging, leads to earlier diagnoses and treatment, and improves outcomes. It speculated whether OSNA could support more personalised treatment plans and pathways, possibly improving outcomes. It supports technology that could help provide care that is more suited to the needs of specific patients. It noted that any financial assessment should show the full benefits of earlier diagnosis and intervention, such as savings on typically more costly later stage treatment. It highlighted the benefits of earlier diagnosis, citing part 2 of a report by Incisive Health for Cancer Research UK on delivering world-leading cancer service (2015), which suggested that if all clinical commissioning groups could achieve the same level of early cancer diagnosis as the best ones in England then 'savings of over £24 million could be realised (benefitting over 4,500 patients)'.