Every day cancer patients are being failed by our health system as signs of the deadly disease are ignored or misdiagnosed. As a result lives are being lost. In part two of a five-day series health reporter Emma Russell looks at why some patients are falling through the gaps.

Thousands of New Zealanders are told they have cancer after being rushed to an emergency department - and by then it's often too late to start treatment.

In the past year alone, more than 1000 people from just eight district health boards around the country were told they had cancer only

GPs working on 'false assumptions'

What needs to change?

Why aren't they being diagnosed by a GP?

Surge in complaints against GPs

CLIFFORD'S STORY: 'Always get a second opinion'

The cancer series