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, health reporter Emma Russell looks at what is going wrong and what needs to change to ensure cancer patients are diagnosed early enough to give them a fighting chance of survival.

Experts say more needs to be done to ensure New Zealand cancer sufferers are not slipping through the cracks of the public health system.

Leading cancer expert on failing system

Chris Jackson, the Cancer Society's medical director

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Expert on medical accountability

Deadly gaps in diagnosing bowel cancer

Opportunity to learn from ACC figures

The series