There's a call for a national strategy on managing and controlling cancer.
It appears a west Auckland woman's bowel cancer went undiagnosed for two years, and she may be dead before ACC decides whether to give her $130,000 in compensation.
Cancer epidemiologist Diana Sarfati says it's disappointing but not surprising.
She told Kate Hawkesby many other countries like ours, for example Australia, Canada and in Scandinavia, have stand-alone cancer agencies and very good cancer plans.
Sarfati says cancer diagnosis and treatment impacts on the entire health system so it needs to be organised and done properly.