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- The survey found that 94% of patients said they were treated with dignity in 2011, a rise from 93% in 2010.
- And 83% of cancer patients said they were seen by a hospital doctor quickly compared with 81% in the previous year.
- Of the 70,000 patients surveyed, 84% said they were given a choice of different types of cancer treatment before their treatment started.
- The survey also found that more than nine in 10 patients believed they were given clear answers by healthcare specialists and 83% said they were treated with respect.
Cancer sufferers are being seen quicker, given wider treatment options and are being treated with more dignity, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.
Announcing the results of the national cancer patient experience survey, Lansley said that 88% of patients rated their care as very good or excellent.
The research also found that 98 of 158 English NHS trusts improved their score compared with last year.