Professor Higginson interviewed for BBC Radio 4
An interview with the Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, Professor Irene Higginson, has featured in a programme for BBC Radio 4. The programme, 'Is cancer money well spent?' investigates how money is spent on cancer treatments and investigates if the balance has been struck.
The NHS England budget for cancer treatment is over £6 billion and whilst UK survival rates are improving, they still lag behind many countries in Europe. The programme examines, given the continuing problem of early diagnosis in the UK and research demonstrating the role of palliative care can improve the length and quality of life - should more money be invested in these areas?
In her interview, Professor Higginson discusses the disparity in funding between cancer treatment and palliative care, how the field is relatively little-known compared to other areas of cancer treatment and the considerable discoveries already taking place in palliative care research. Professor Higginson also talks about the benefits of early, integrated palliative care improving the quality of life for sufferers of cancer and that in some cases it can also help prolong life.
You can listen to the programme on the BBC website. Professor Higginson's interview takes place approximately 31 minutes in.