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 a five-day series starting today, health reporter Emma Russell looks at what's going wrong and what needs to change to ensure patients are diagnosed early enough to give them a fighting chance of survival.

Hundreds of New Zealanders are dying while waiting for cancer treatment – with some experiencing delays of up to six months.

A Herald investigation has found some patients around the country with a high suspicion of cancer

The deadly clock

Holding DHBs to account

Hidden from the targets

Shortages of specialists

How to make it work

Melanie's story:

The series