4 September 2013
Responding to new research by Breast Cancer Campaign which claims that 500 lives and £30million could be saved if patients were better supported to follow guidance on Tamoxifen, Lesley Smith, Consequences of Treatment Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Like many forms of cancer treatment, Tamoxifen can often have debilitating side effects. These include hot flushes, nausea, headaches and exhaustion which can cause many women to stop taking the drug.
'Unfortunately suffering from severe side effects of treatment is not exclusive to breast cancer patients. Macmillan estimates that at least half a million cancer survivors in the UK currently face disability and poor health due to their illness and its treatment1. This number will rise along with the increase in people being diagnosed with cancer and those who survive it.
'The NHS will simply not be able to cope with the increased demand for services unless we take action now. Healthcare professionals must ensure that cancer patients at risk of or experiencing long-term effects are identified earlier and given the right information, care and support so that no-one is left to face the long-term consequences of cancer alone.'
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Assistant Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Macmillan estimate based on known cancer prevalence (Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202) and expert consensus, see Macmillan Cancer Support (2013) Throwing light on the consequences of cancer and its treatment.
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