The Heart of England Trust is to introduce new procedures following the publication of a "shocking" report into breast cancer surgery.
A US news anchor who was encouraged to have a mammogram live on television by her producers discovered she had breast cancer from the test.
Hundreds of lives could be saved every year if breast cancer patients took their full five-year course of drugs, according to research.
The findings of a report in to failures over breast cancer operations at the Heart of England Trust have been described as “shocking” and the Trust says it has offered a full and unreserved apology to both patients and staff.
Ian Paterson, a breast surgeon who was eventually suspended by the GMC, carried out unauthorised surgical procedures without the consent of his patients, over a number of years.
The Trust Chairman, Lord Philip Hunt, said:
“We give a full and unreserved apology to all of the patients and their families, for the way they were both mistreated by Mr. Paterson whilst he was a surgeon at the hospital, and subsequently let down by the Trust’s management team at the time.
We also apologise to staff and other professionals who raised concerns about Mr. Paterson’s practices - but were not listened to by the former leadership team.
We sincerely hope that both patients and staff feel that the commissioning and publication of Sir Ian’s independent Review along with our commitment to openness, and to the full implementation of his Recommendations, provides reassurance of our determination to prevent this reoccurring.”
A review is being published in to how a breast cancer surgeon performed incomplete breast removal operations on women. The operations took place at Solihull and Good Hope Hospitals.
Ian Paterson was a consultant at Solihull hospital and practised privately throughout the West Midlands. He was suspended by the General Medical Council in 2011.
Plain cigarette packaging should be introduced to help lower the amount of people dying from lung cancer, a leading health charity has said.
Macmillan Cancer Support made the renewed call for the reintroduction of the controversial policy, amid a Government review into the effectiveness of plain packaging.
Chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Ciaran Devane said:
– Chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support Ciaran Devane
Lung cancer patients deserve better. It is high time we closed the gap between survival rates for different cancers and give everyone the best possible chance of recovery.
Firstly, we support the call for plain packaging of cigarettes to stop people taking up smoking, secondly we must catch the illness earlier through better awareness and we have to make sure access to surgery is more uniform across the country to reduce inequalities in cancer survival.
It cannot be right that you are much more likely to get the surgery you need if you live in Leicestershire than if you live in Lancashire.
The number of people dying from three common cancers - breast, prostate and bowel - is expected to almost halve by the end of the decade, according to findings from a leading health charity.
Over a third, 36%, of breast cancer sufferers will succumb to the disease, a 61% drop in the mortality rate from 1992, Macmillian Cancer Support found.
A further 39% of people with bowel cancer would die, down from 67% in 1992.
However, the lung cancer mortality rate remains high, with 76% of patients expected to die from the disease, compared to 91% in 1992.
Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "People diagnosed with three of the four most common cancers are more likely to survive but GPs need more support to help them diagnose lung cancer earlier."
More people are surviving cancer than ever before, but we want to become the best in Europe on survival rates. We know much more can be done to diagnose and treat cancer earlier.
We are spending £450 million to help diagnose cancer earlier, which will save thousands of extra lives every year, and we are investing more than £170 million over four years to expand and introduce pioneering new methods of screening for cancer.
– Department of Health spokesman
We are also committed to reducing inequalities in cancer care - that's why our Be Clear On Cancer campaigns are aimed at more disadvantaged groups and try to build awareness of cancer symptoms.
Women should go and see their GP at the earliest opportunity for a check-up, according to Cancer Research UK.
Experts have warned hundreds of poor women in England die needlessly from breast cancer every year.
Reacting to the new study, Dr Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said:
– Dr Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK
Other research shows that women from deprived backgrounds are more likely to feel embarrassed or worried about going to their GP - but it's important for women to take that step as going to the GP promptly could make all the difference.
All women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel because we know that early diagnosis is one of the most important factors in whether breast cancer treatment is effective.
Researchers based at the Universities of Leicester and Cambridge analysed how advanced breast cancer was in over 20,000 women diagnosed between 2006-2010 using data from the National Cancer Registration Service.
They then calculated how many lives could be saved with five years of diagnosis if the stage at diagnosis for poorer women matched those of the most affluent women.
If these socio-economic differences were removed, the equivalent of around 450 lives would be saved in England every year, they said.
– Dr Gary Abel, statistician at the University of Cambridge and study author.
These avoidable deaths are not due to differences in the response to treatment, or the type of breast cancer.
Hundreds of poor women in England die needlessly from breast cancer every year, experts have warned.
There are around 450 avoidable deaths among women from deprived areas each year, a study suggests.
The excess deaths occur because women from poorer backgrounds tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer when the disease is more advanced, the study's authors said.
The inequality between rich and poor breast cancer patients could arise because women from lower income groups are less aware of the symptoms of the disease and are more reluctant to see their GP, the authors told the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference in Liverpool.
Baroness Morgan said:
The days of one size fits all treatment are well and truly in the past.
We need to ensure the life-saving and life-extending treatments we already have in the clinic are used more effectively - directing the right treatments to those who will benefit, and sparing others from unnecessary side effects, so that by 2050 we can achieve our ambition to overcome breast cancer.