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RDCs - making a difference for patients across Wales

Prior to the setting up of RDCs, these patients would potentially have poorer experience, later diagnoses and poorer outcomes compared with other patients referred on traditional tumour-specific pathways.

The RDC model addresses this inequality in Wales by offering a vague symptom pathway for patients with non-specific but concerning symptoms which may indicate cancer.

Following the success of the pilots, the Wales Cancer Network collaborated with colleagues and organisations from across NHS Wales to implement a national programme of RDCs across Wales. 

There is now an RDC service up and running in five of the seven Welsh health boards, with Cardiff & Vale’s RDC currently being developed with the aim of going live very soon and Powys patients having access to RDCs in adjacent health boards.