Help improve cancer services by completing the Quality of Life Survey

Quality of life means different things to different people, but it matters to everyone. More people are surviving cancer than ever before – but living with cancer, and the effects of its treatment, can have a negative impact on people’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Public Health England, NHS England and NHS Improvement understand that quality of life (QoL) outcomes are important to patients. A nationwide Cancer QoL Survey has been launched to help to understand what matters to patients.

Since December 2020, all patients diagnosed with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer in England have been invited to complete the survey, around 18-months after their diagnosis. People with other cancer types are being included from July 2021 onwards. This includes rarer cancers, such as brain and other central nervous system cancers. The information collected from the survey will help the NHS to work out how best to support people living with and beyond cancer.

Patients will receive a direct invitation to complete the QoL survey online if they have given their hospital an email address. The survey is easy to complete and generally takes between five and 10 minutes. The survey asks about how people are doing. People’s answers can be related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment, other illnesses, or other things happening in their life.

Information about the survey, managed by Quality Health, is available on the website and there is a free helpline 0800 783 1775 to support patients to complete the survey and respond to any queries or difficulties.

The results will be analysed by Public Health England. Information from the results will start to be made available in the autumn.

Find out more about the Quality of Life Survey in this video