CANCER patients have been reassured that it is still safe to attend vital assessment and treatment appointments.

Health chiefs say such conditions will continue to be a priority despite the Omicron variant of coronavirus being managed.

This is the message from the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance as measures are in place to help protect patients and staff.

Alliance supporters insist urgent cancer surgery is being prioritised, with Covid-protected areas helping to ensure patients continue to receive safe and timely operations for cancer.

Dr Sarah Taylor, the alliance's primary care lead, said: “We know some people may be concerned about attending cancer appointments with their doctor or at the hospital during this latest wave of Covid-19 infections.

"But it is really important people do attend these appointments. Early treatment improves the quality of life after a cancer diagnosis has been made and can save lives.”

“In the coming weeks, the NHS has been asked to prioritise providing Covid-19 boosters for people aged 18 and over which means some non-urgent appointments may need to be re-arranged to ensure there are staff available to support the booster programme, as well as provide treatment for urgent and emergency cases. If you have potential cancer symptoms your GP will want to see you.”