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 Improving Quality. 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.
Building on the NSCI vision (2010), including the five key shifts , Macmillan worked with the Department of Health in England to publish Living with and beyond cancer: Taking Action to Improve Outcomes (DH March 2013) to inform the direction of survivorship work to 2015.
Support from the point of diagnosis
Managing the consequences of treatment
Supporting people with active and advanced diseases.