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.
Following on from the success of The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), we are pleased to announce the start of a new Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme. This programme is a two year partnership between NHS England and Macmillan Cancer Support and will develop and implement a transitional plan for the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, aimed at embedding findings and recommendations into mainstream NHS commissioning and service provision.
We are now in the process of defining the detailed Programme Plan which will focus on:
Alongside this work, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS England are considering the focus for a further programme of more developmental activity aimed at generating new recommendations to improve the care and support of cancer patients.