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.

Close to 800 New Zealanders who die of cancer every year could be saved if we had Australia's survival rates.

Excessive waiting lists, inequalities in care, shortages of specialists and resource, a lack of funded life-saving drugs,

A story of hope: