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Find out more about cancer care through the links, downloads and articles below.
Macmillan also provides high quality, up-to-date cancer information for patients, families and carers on our cancer information pages. All of our information is written and reviewed by specialists.
Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer
Released in 2011, this document sets out the coalition's strategy for cancer care. The strategy sets out actions government is taking to tackle the preventable causes of cancer, describes how choice for cancer patients will be extended, and identifies gaps in outcomes data and information. The document also sets out the government's ambition to save the lives of an additional 5,000 cancer patients by 2014/15.
Read Improving Outcomes:A Strategy for Cancer [PDF]
NHS Outcomes Framework 2014/15
The NHS Outcomes Framework is the key document which sets out how the NHS will be held to account for delivering improved outcomes for patients. The Framework includes measurements on one and five year survival for all cancers.
Read the NHS Outcomes Framework 2014/15 [PDF]
NHS Mandate 2014/15
This document is a mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board, which plays a vital role in setting out the strategic direction for the Board. It is the main basis of Ministerial instruction to the NHS which must be operationally independent and clinically-led.
Read the Mandate [PDF]
Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set
This document sets out how the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be held to account for delivering quality outcomes. It also includes measurements on one and five year survival for all cancers.
Read the CCG outcomes indicator set [PDF]
Single Operating Framework for Strategic Clinical Networks
This framework sets out the conditions for the new clinical networks including cancer.
Read the Single Operating Framework [PDF]
Effective Cancer Commissioning in the new NHS
This report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, published in 2011 sets out recommendations on how to ensure cancer care, outcomes and experiences continue to improve for cancer patients in the new NHS.
Read the Effective Cancer Commissioning in the New NHS report [PDF]
Care and Support White Paper
This white paper, published in July 2012, sets out the government's ambitions for social care reform. It states there is 'much merit' in the suggestion that people at the end of their lives should receive free social care, and commits to assessing this recommendation through Palliative Care Funding Review Pilot Sites.
Read the white paper [PDF]
Palliative Care Funding Review
This review was led by Sir Tom Hughes-Hallet and examined the possibility of a per-patient funding mechanism for palliative care. It includes a recommendation that social care should be free to people at the end of life. The government is currently piloting the recommendations of the review.
Read the Palliative Care Funding Review [PDF]
Developing excellence in Cancer Networks
This report produced by the Cancer Campaigning Group examines the role of Cancer Networks and sets out recommendations for the role they should play in the reformed NHS.
Read the Developing excellence in cancer networks report [PDF]
Useful links to Macmillan information
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A comprehensive resource which provides information on what cancer is, the signs and symptoms, and how it is treated.
A resource which provides information and practical advice on issues ranging from the side effects of treatment to managing finances.
Information and practical guidance to help people affected by cancer with end of life issues.
Information and guidance for those helping and caring for people with cancer.
Other cancer organisations
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For a list of UK cancer organisations visit the Cancer Campaigning Group website.