The time cancer patients spend waiting for their test results has more than halved on the island thanks to a Macmillan appointment.
Ervine Long, a Macmillan Histopatholohgist, joined the team at Nobles Hospital in March last year and has already reduced waiting times for people with suspected breast and colorectal cancer from 10 to 3.8 days and 16 to 6.9 days respectively.
Dr Long’s role involves analysing tissue and cells taken in biopsies to diagnose the patient’s condition and determine the best course of treatment.
The reduction in waiting times means patients can start receiving treatment sooner, improving their chances of survival.
Dr Long has also been instrumental in the creation of a new system, which sees multi-disciplinary teams, made up of cancer doctors, surgeons, radiologists and nurses get together to improve cancer care and treatment.
Jeremy Such, Macmillan Development Manager for the Isle of Man, said: “Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face, but by reducing the period between diagnosis and starting treatment we can give people affected by cancer on the Isle of Man the best chance of survival. Dr Long’s appointment has already had a hugely positive effect on cancer care on the island, and with continued hard work we can reduce waiting times further.”