This project is now finished.

Research shows that cancer patients from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds tend to have worse experiences of cancer care than White British patients. For example, some ethnic minority groups are less likely to report being treated with respect and dignity in hospital. This project aims to change that. 




We're undertaking this project on behalf of NHS England. They want to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds, and use some of these experiences to improve the way the NHS delivers care in the future.


Were you happy with your GP? Did you get all the information you need? How do you feel about the future? Whether you want to talk for five minutes or 50, we'd love to hear from you if:

  • you're an ethnic minority cancer patient or carer and you'd like to share your cancer journey

  • you live or receive care in Birmingham, London, or Nottinghamshire


We’d be happy to chat in the way that suits you best – over the phone, in a coffee shop, at a community centre… just let us know. If you take part in this project we want your experience to be as safe, rewarding, and comfortable as possible. 


We have a great deal of experience talking to people about their cancer journeys, so we know at this point you’ll have a lot of questions about the project and who we are. Feel free to get in touch, and we’d be happy to talk you through any questions you might have.


If you're a community or healthcare organisation and want to help publicise this project, let us know. We can send you posters, flyers, and graphics for social media. Our details are here.




As well as talking to cancer patients we are:

  • conducting a large-scale literature review, looking at the nature and causes of people's different experiences

  • producing films which capture people's stories in a way that is hopefully helpful to healthcare professionals


If you work in cancer care and you're interested in the review or the videos, drop us a line.




If you're interested in some of the data showing differential experiences, we've put together this infographic.


The figures show the percentage of people reporting a positive experience. Data is taken from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015.



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