20 November 2012
Responding to a joint report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Radiologists, Cancer patients in crisis, Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“This report highlights the fact that despite improvements in cancer care in recent years, and significant support from the voluntary sector in acute oncology posts and services, there is still work to be done to ensure that patients and their carers know who to go to if their condition suddenly worsens.
“As professionals we underestimate both the importance of preparing people for the possibility of sudden deterioration, particularly near the end of life, and how hard it is for frightened people who are ill to know who to contact. We know much more about the right things to do, but we need to make sure that they happen.”
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Notes to Editors:
1 Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Radiologists (2012) Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs
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