27 March 2015
Responding to the Statement of Intent for the Cancer Strategy for England 2015-2020, published by the Cancer Taskforce, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“The Cancer Taskforce statement of intent is a welcome attempt to address the changing story of cancer. Now is the time for a fresh approach to improving the lives of the 2 million people living with cancer in England. It's no longer just about being cured or dying from cancer; many more people are now living with cancer as a long term condition, with physical, emotional and psychological consequences.
“Currently the needs of people living with cancer are going unidentified and unaddressed, meaning that many are left struggling after treatment. One in four people with cancer experience ongoing poor health or disability after cancer treatment ends. This is not only devastating for the individual and their loved ones, but costly to the NHS.
“We welcome the commitment to improve early diagnosis and improved access to treatment. But this simply won't deliver the step change we need to ensure the growing number of people living with cancer are able to live active and fulfilled lives.
“We need to see a shift in this country from simply treating cancer as a disease to caring for the whole person. The strategy has to provide a more ambitious approach to supporting people by prioritising compassionate care, support to recover, and choice at the end of life. This means shifting more resources from hospitals into the home and the community."
Notes to Editors:
 Macmillan Cancer Support. 2.5 million people now living with cancer in UK Macmillan reveals today. January 2015. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Aboutus/News/Latest_News/25millionpeoplenowlivingwithcancerinUKMacmillanrevealstoday.aspx.
Macmillan analysis based on extrapolation of 2010 and 2020 UK projections from the following research paper: Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1).Proportion of UK prevalence in England taken from Maddams J., Thames Cancer Registry, personal communication. See also Maddams J, et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547
 Macmillan Cancer Support. Cured – but at what cost? Long-term consequences of cancer and its treatment. July 2013. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/AboutUs/Newsroom/Consequences_of_Treatment_June2013.pdf
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