13 September 2015
Responding to the Government’s commitment to a tailored recovery package by 2020, faster diagnosis and a new quality of life measure for people with cancer in England, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Macmillan Cancer Support warmly welcomes the Government’s commitment to a tailored recovery package, faster diagnosis and a new quality of life measure for people with cancer.
“For most people cancer goes far beyond just a diagnosis. It can affect all areas of a person’s life, including physical and mental health, relationships, work and finances. Many also develop distressing and ongoing health issues, such as depression, severe fatigue, incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
“It’s vital that people with cancer are properly supported in all aspects of their life from diagnosis, during treatment and for years after it has finished. This is why today’s commitment to implement a Recovery Package to everyone with cancer by 2020 and to introduce a Quality of Life measure are so important, and could have the potential to transform the way cancer care is delivered in the NHS. We now need to see a commitment for the funds and resources which can make this happen.
“As cancer treatments improve and people live longer with cancer, the numbers of people living with the disease are due to grow from 2.5 million today to 4 million by 2030. So whilst this is an excellent first step, we desperately need to see continued action from the Government and the NHS to ensure that all the recommendations laid out in the recently published Cancer Strategy for England are fully funded and implemented.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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