28 October 2011
Responding to the predictions of increased cancer cases published in the British Journal of Cancer, Jenny Ritchie-Campbell, Director of Cancer Services Innovation, Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“The figures published today are disturbing and back up previous research about the very significant increase in cancer cases coming the NHS’s way. But it’s not all bad news, as more people get cancer more people will live with it for longer. The challenge now is for the NHS to support cancer survivors to live with it as a long-term condition.
“The NHS really needs to recognise cancer’s long-term impact on people’s lives, to plan better services and to develop more personalised care. Without this, the NHS will completely buckle under the additional strain within 20 years.”
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