11 December 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the Patient Reported Outcomes Survey of Cancer Survivors in England , the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind in Europe,launched by the Department of Health today. Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“These figures are a shock, but they put numbers on what patients have been telling Macmillan for some time. The impact of cancer lasts well beyond treatment. One of the biggest challenge facing health and social care is planning how to support the growing number of survivors living long term with often major consequences of their disease and its treatment.
“Macmillan has been working so closely with parts of the NHS to develop and deliver better cancer services, more suited to helping people with cancer recover from their treatment, and to avoid or minimise these consequences.
“It is essential that across the UK, the NHS implements the services we have been testing such as our work with GPs and specialists to better support cancer patients after treatment.
“This survey has been incredibly helpful. It is important the NHS Commissioning Board continues to conduct such surveys on how cancer patients are affected in the long term so we can ensure they have the quality of life they deserve.”
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Notes to Editors:
1 Undertaken by Quality Health for the Department of Health. (2012), Patient reported outcomes of cancer survivors in England http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/publications/ (due to be published at 9.30am on Tuesday 11th December)
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