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Macmillan knows that people living with cancer and their carers have social care needs as well as health needs. They tell us they need emotional and practical support, financial help and advice throughout their cancer journey.
Improvements in cancer treatment mean that more people are surviving once they have had a cancer diagnosis, but we know that their lives don’t return to normal. Cancer should be as much a social care concern as it is a health priority. Yet social care services are currently failing people with cancer.
Macmillan’s report on social care| [PDF, 453kb] shows that the emotional, practical and financial needs of people affected by cancer in England are being ignored.
Interviews with people affected by cancer, and representatives from PCTs and local authorities, showed that many don't see cancer care beyond medical treatment in hospital. But with over 2 million people living with a cancer diagnosis in England today, we know that care needs to go much further. It could be that extra support with housework or childcare is needed due to the effect of cancer or treatment, or that a loss of income means they need financial support and advice to help pay for extra costs like higher fuel bills or travel to treatment.
Macmillan wants the social care needs of people living with cancer, and their carers, to be properly recognised, and a holistic package of support available and accessible to all.
Social care supports people at the end of life to leave hospital and spend their last weeks and days of their life in the comfort of their own home.
We believe that all people in the last months of life, who are on an end of life care register, should be entitled to social care. This would help them to die at home if they so choose. Find out more about our campaign for free social care at the end of life|.
We are also campaigning for 24/7 community nursing at end of life. Find out more.|
Macmillan submitted evidence to the government ahead of the publication of the refreshed Carers Strategy in November 2010.
Our submission| [PDF, 160kb] sets out our vision that:
Whether a friend has cancer or you are involved in the care of a relative or partner, you can find the support and information that you need in our cancer information pages.|
More than a million people in the UK are caring for someone with cancer.
Read our new report, conducted by Ipsos MORI, which reveals the profiles of the UK's carers, the support they receive, and the impact of caring on their lives.
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