Optimising cancer pathways
Pathways for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with cancer are complex. Cancer care information is held in different sites, making a holistic view to care challenging. We visualise the different routes to diagnosis and treatment, and quantify the burden to the healthcare system. This provides a more complete understanding of the opportunities for introducing innovation and improvement into cancer care resulting in better outcomes for patients and more efficient services.
We explored the use of a rapid, on-demand human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Interviews with UK experts revealed that a co-located, on-demand HPV test following cytology could reduce the time to cervical screening results by up to a week, with a near-patient primary HPV test followed by cytology triage could radically change the testing paradigm. A follow-up tool we built in Excel was used to understand cervical screening burden and HPV testing across Europe.