16 April 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to a new report out today by Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) which shows that kidney cancer survival has improved in the last 20 years . Professor Jane Maher, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is great news that more people than ever are surviving kidney cancer. But it is important to remember that many cancer survivors continue to suffer consequences of their disease and its treatment such as chronic fatigue, depression and pain.
“Cancer survivors must be properly supported once their treatment stops to help their recovery and minimise the impact of their illness on their overall health. Macmillan wants every survivor to receive a cancer ‘recovery package’ – comprising of an aftercare plan, a summary of their treatment and access to Health and Wellbeing Clinics - as a standard part of aftercare.
“Whilst survival rates for kidney cancer have improved significantly in the last 20 years, sadly this is not the case for all cancers. We need to address the fact that your chances of surviving lung and pancreatic cancer in this country remain relatively low as a matter of urgency.”
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Notes to Editors:
1 NCIN’s ‘Kidney Cancer Survival Report’ is available upon request from the Public Health England Press Office. Tel: 020 7654 8400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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