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26 March 2021

COVID-19 and cancer recovery

This report by Carnall Farrar brings together quantitative data on cancer from the start of the pandemic up to the position as of Spring 2021, with the findings from interviews with leading experts in the field of cancer.

The ambition of the report is to highlight the ongoing impact of COVID-19 upon cancer services, promote learning from the first waves of the pandemic and help mitigate impacts of subsequent waves as well as support the redesign of services for the future.

The insights, quotes and conclusions contained within the report have been based on detailed interviews with 56 cancer clinicians, academics, executives and managers from within NHS providers, universities and charities across the UK for which we are very grateful. A list of those interviewed, including the Health Economics Unit’s Andi Orlowski, can be found in the appendix.

“Data plays a crucial role in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the importance of real-time, or at least faster, data is heightened. The need for more actionable data is key to the response and key to patient outcomes.”

Andi Orlowski, The Health Economics Unit


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