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Campaign success stories

We’ve spoken out against prescription charges, welfare cuts and the lack of support for carers. And with your help we’ve really changed things for the better.

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Age Old Excuse

We campaigned to make sure older people are offered cancer treatment and care based on their needs, not on their age. After all, age is just a number.

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General Election 2015

With your help, we brought the voices of people affected by cancer to the heart of the election and kept cancer on top of the political agenda.

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Latest news

27 February 2017: Join our campaign to make sure that everyone gets the support they need to cope with the financial impact of cancer.

Today we’ve launched our new campaign to Make money one less worry. We want to make sure that everyone gets the right financial support to cope with the cost of cancer, when they need it.

We launched our campaign with a news story highlighting that over 30,000 people with cancer in the UK in their 40s and 50s have had to borrow money from their parents to cope with the cost of their diagnosis.

We’ve also created a video to explain the financial impact of cancer, and what can be done to help people with their money worries; and we’ve published a policy report, No Small Change, which sets out what governments across the UK, healthcare professionals and the financial sector can do to make money one less worry for people with cancer.

Find out more and join the campaign.


10 February 2017: New report reveals the challenges facing cancer services in England

Our new report Warning Signs asks whether the Cancer Strategy for England can be delivered while the NHS is under unprecedented pressure. One of the key findings of the report was around delays experienced by cancer patients when waiting for treatment, and the negative impact this can have on mental health.

  • 64% of people say they experienced anxiety or depression while waiting for treatment to start.

The report received widespread media coverage, including on ITV news, in the Daily Mirror and on Good Morning Britain.

We’re calling for funding for the cancer strategy for England to be ring-fenced to make sure these problems can be tackled, and for investment in key ‘pinch points’ in the system, such as follow-up care.


5 October 2016: Campaign success for Cancer on Board campaigner – meet the man behind the badge

James McNaught came up with the idea for the Cancer on Board campaign when he was having treatment for throat cancer in 2014. 

Travelling to hospital on London Underground trains, he often felt incredibly unwell, and wanted to find a way to let his fellow passengers know he was in need of a seat. 

Thanks to James’s Cancer on Board campaign, Transport for London are now piloting a scheme to help customers to get a seat when they need one. We met with James to find out more about the campaign.


28 September 2016: New report reveals growing strain on cancer carers

Our new report ‘Under Pressure: the growing strain on cancer carers’ shows how friends, family members and neighbours who look after someone with cancer are coming under more pressure than ever before. The report looks at how the experience of cancer carers has changed over the last 5 years. It reveals that:

  • The number of people looking after someone with cancer in the UK has soared from around 1.1 million in 2011 to almost 1.5 million today.
  • More than half of carers aren’t getting the support they need and the situation is getting worse.
  • Almost 110,000 people in the UK are part of a sandwich generation of carers - caring for a parent with cancer while also looking after their own children.

13 September 2016: Macmillan Cancer Support responds to APPGC on cancer report into the Cancer Strategy

15 August 2016: Share your experience of Attendance Allowance

The UK government is consulting on the future of Attendance Allowance, a benefit for people aged 65 and over. Many people with cancer rely on it for help with things they can’t manage themselves, like bathing, dressing or getting around. 

We’re keen to hear people’s experiences of Attendance Allowance. If you or a friend or relative with cancer has benefited from Attendance Allowance, we’d love to hear from you

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We’re keen to hear people’s experiences of Attendance Allowance.

Macmillan Campaigns Team