The UK’s Cancer Reform Strategy, set up two years ago, has had slower progress in the procurement of digital mammography than expected, which could hamper the extension of breast cancer screening, industry experts said.

National Cancer Action Team associate director Jane Whittome also said only a minority of radiology centres are reporting non-standardised data, one of the key aims of the reform.

Speaking at the Nurse Clinics in Cancer Care conference in London, hosted by Healthcare Events, Whittome said that all major projects established in the Cancer Reform Strategy were underway but in varying stages of development.

The areas that had most success under the reform to date were the tobacco strategy, the setting up of multidisciplinary teams and the recruitment into clinical trials.

Improvements in areas such as inpatient care and moving diagnosis services into general practitioner clinics still have a long way to go, Whittome said.