This page outlines the work we are doing at the cancer board to support people accessing cancer services.

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.

1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the four most common types of cancer are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way.

4,100 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Leeds and 56% of cancers are diagnosed at stage one or stage two (as per 2019 data). Leeds is home to a Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), which delivers innovative and practice-changing clinical research that impacts the care and outcomes for cancer patients in the UK and across the world (

It’s our ambition that we achieve the best in cancer care for the people of Leeds. We will work with all communities to ensure that everyone affected by cancer has access to the same high-quality care.

The Cancer Population Board brings together partners from across Leeds so that we can tailor better care and support for individuals and their carers, design more joined-up and sustainable health and care services and make better use of public resources to the benefit of people using cancer services.

Our ambition is that:

  • More cancers will be prevented.
  • People with cancer in Leeds will be diagnosed earlier.
  • People will receive safe and effective cancer treatment.
  • People with cancer will receive person-centred care.

These are our identified outcomes. By setting these clear goals, that are focused on how services impact the people they serve, the board is able to better track whether we’re really doing the right thing for the people using these services.

Find out and get involved

Insight review

We have worked with our partners to review the feedback (insight) we already have about people’s experience of cancer services. This will help us understand what we already know. You can read the report below:

Download the cancer insight review (Microsoft Word version)

Cancer – Insight report (427KB)

In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader

Public involvement workshop

We will be holding a public involvement workshop to check the findings of our insight report, review our identified outcomes (as above), and discuss our approach to public involvement on the board. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in cancer and will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams.

The workshop will take place Thursday 30 March 2023 between 10am and 12pm.

To book on to the workshop, or to find out more, please contact Stacey Taylor at or call 0113 221 7777 (reception)

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