Macmillan's research and evaluation
Macmillan funds focussed research to understand and improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer, and turn the results of our research into practical, cost-effective solutions and better quality services.
We do research into health services and the numbers, needs and experiences of cancer patients and their carers. Last year our research spend totalled £3.756m, representing 2% of our total charitable spend.
We evaluate cancer services to help us understand what models of care and support work best. We also carry out research which helps us to better understand our key stakeholders and supporters.
What we don't fund is medical research or research to find cures for cancer. We don't get involved with clinical trials of drugs or equipment. This is because we know that these areas are comprehensively covered by other organisations.
How we use evidence and data
There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this number is expected to reach four million by 2030. This animation explores some of the ways we use data and evidence to drive service improvement for people living with cancer.
Find out more about Macmillan's research teams, as well as our strategy and aims.
Access to our latest research and evaluation reports, including summaries and download our rich pictures.
Find out more about some of Macmillan's key collaborators and research partners.
Why is it so important that we invest in research into cancer patients and better cancer care?
The story about cancer is changing. Macmillan’s own research reveals that the number of people living with cancer diagnosis in the UK in 2010 was 2 million, we now know this number has reached 2.5 million (in 2015) and is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. Cancer patients are living longer after their diagnosis than they did 40 years ago, cancer is increasingly about living with cancer with many people experiencing issues which require support several years after initial diagnosis and treatment.
We need to recognise cancer’s long term impact on people’s lives, plan better services and develop more personalised care. The Changing Story of Cancer infographic outlines some of the big numbers we’re talking about, and provides references to some of the key research we’ve commissioned.