Today there are two million people in the UK living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. This figure is likely to rise to over four million by 2030 as diagnosis and treatment become more effective, but current models of aftercare do not meet the needs of people affected by cancer following diagnosis.
Macmillan is working with the UK governments to improve the survivorship element of the cancer care pathway. This includes the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative(NCSI), a partnership in England with the Department of Health, supported by NHS Improvement. The aim of the NCSI is to ensure that people living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.
To date we have been working to develop and test initiatives around the NSCI vision (2010) and five key shifts to help health and social care professionals improve care and support for cancer survivors focusing on:
Support from the point of diagnosis
Managing the consequences of treatment
Supporting people with active and advanced diseases.