A new taskforce will meet next week to kick-start the recovery of cancer services across the NHS in England.
Charities believe the pandemic has led to a significant reduction in people being referred for urgent cancer treatment.
Cancer Research UK says three million people have missed cancer screenings since March.
The taskforce aims to investigate how to ensure more people are referred, tested and checked.
At Liverpool’s new Clatterbridge cancer centre, which opened in June, treatment is up and running. The coronavirus meant face-to-face contacts with patients were greatly reduced.
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