Sussex Cancer patients have their questions answered

Healthwatch in Sussex responded to patient concerns about cancer services in Sussex. A webinar was coordinated between three local Healthwatch with the help of Sussex Health and Care Partnership. Read the full report and Q&A report here.
3 ladies talking outside a hospital

One hundred people across Sussex registered for the event.

Healthwatch in Sussex arranged for cancer patients and their families to hear from three cancer experts: 

This is what we heard:

  • Cancer screenings are currently limited.
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy tests are available but delayed.
  • Patients are urged NOT to hold back from contacting their GP with cancer-related concerns.
  • Patients have not been lost in the system but focus on corona virus patients has caused delays.
  • Patients SHOULD ATTEND hospital appointments.
  • Movement towards managed self-care for cancer patients with contact by telephone with cancer specialists .
  • Cancer shielding has lifted slightly with 90% of oncology appointments continuing remotely.
  • COVID-19 not as risky to cancer patients undergoing treatment, latest studies show.
  • Clinicians fear an influx of referrals once restrictions are lifted.
  • New lockdown methods are here to stay (remote contact with patients and PPE used by staff).
  • Cancer Support services are still available via Macmillan.


Our summary includes the Q&A between patients and experts and also a full transcript of the event.

Watch the full recording of the webinar here

Looking for information about health and care?

Find advice and information to help you stay well and make decisions about your health and social care support.

Find advice and information