24 September 2007
Responding to the Prime Minister's speech today, (24th September 2007) Macmillan Cancer Support warmly welcomes his plans for cancer patients and for keeping them high on his list of priorities.
Macmillan wants to see people diagnosed with cancer put at the heart of decisions made about their treatment. We hope the Government's forthcoming Cancer Reform Strategy makes this a reality – to make sure that patients are properly informed and consulted at every stage of their treatment and care.
Macmillan Cancer Support, Chief Executive, Ciaran Devane says: "It is heartening to see the importance the Prime Minister is giving to the needs of cancer patients. The steps he is announcing today will help to save more lives. But to make a real impact on rates of survival in the UK we need to make sure there is a long-term strategy to deal with its emotional, financial and practical effects, to help those living with the disease to live healthier, longer and more productive lives."
Macmillan calls for a National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) to form the basis of an on-going cancer care strategy. This would ensure care is comprehensively extended after treatment and tailored to the needs of the individual – giving support to minimise long-term disability, support for carers and help to get people back to work. Macmillan calls for a NCSI to be launched alongside the Government's Cancer Reform Strategy.