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Our campaigns fight for real change for people affected by cancer. By signing petitions, emailing your MP or attending events, you can help transform the lives of people with cancer. Join us in demanding the best in cancer support.

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Paul struggled to care for his wife when she had cancer. Right now, the government is consulting on what the Carers' Strategy for England should say. Ask the government to help.

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Hidden Cost of Cancer

The financial impact of cancer can be extremely high. We’re campaigning to make money one less worry for people with cancer.

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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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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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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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Latest news

5 July 2016 - Your campaigning on end of life care counted

The government has announced a new commitment to improve end of life care in England. This is the announcement we’ve been waiting for. And is vital to ensure end of life doesn’t mean end of choice.

The government’s response to the independent review of choice in end of life sets out an action plan to deliver high quality, personalised end of life care. If implemented, this will ensure every person with cancer has their last wishes met.

To find out more read the government's full response in 'Our commitment to you on end of life care'.

This is the announcement we’ve been waiting for.

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6 June 2016: Scotland's Cancer Patient Experience Survey results published

Last week, the results of Scotland's first ever Cancer Patient Experience Survey were published. The survey was jointly funded by Macmillan and the Scottish government to gain a better understanding of the experiences of people with cancer.

The survey, which found that 94% of people rated their care as positive, also highlighted areas that need attention. In particular, the results show the importance of providing wider emotional, financial and practical support during and after cancer treatment, as well as clinical care.

Download a survey infographic here [PDF].

Download the full survey here [PDF].

94% of people rated their care as positive.


23 May 2016: Take action to make sure cancer carers get the support they need

We’ve launched our new campaign to make sure cancer carers don’t have to cope alone. Sign our petition now.

There are almost 1.5 million people in the UK who look after a family member, neighbour or friend with cancer, yet more than half of them aren't getting the support they need. Later this year, a new Carers’ Strategy for England will be published which will set out how carers will be supported over the next five years. Right now, the government is consulting on what the strategy should include.

We’re urging everyone to sign our petition to make sure the new Carers' Strategy provides support for cancer carers when they need it most.

We’ve also been highlighting the issue in the media, with our new research that shows that the number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen by almost a third in the past five years. Read our press release.

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Right now, the government is consulting on what the strategy should include.


12 May 2016: NHS England publishes cancer strategy plans

NHS England has announced its implementation plans for the cancer strategy, which include commitments to deliver personalised care after treatment for cancer. 

We’ve welcomed the announcement, but we’re calling on NHS England and the government to set out how they propose to fund this essential part of the cancer strategy. Read our press release.


9 May 2016: Macmillan warns that the average British family can’t afford cancer

Macmillan has released new analysis that shows that the average family in the UK would not be able to afford cancer, and could be forced to find hundreds of pounds a month if they were hit by the disease. The average family is left with around £365 each month after paying for necessities such as bills, food and everyday travel. But previous research from Macmillan shows that the average monthly cost, for the vast majority of cancer patients (83%), is £570.

Macmillan, which offers grants, benefits advice and financial guidance for people affected by cancer, is urging people to seek financial help as soon as possible to stop money worries spiralling out of control. Read our press release.

The average family is left with around £365 each month.


9 – 15 May 2016: Dying Matters Awareness week

Dying Matters Awareness week is all about encouraging people to have open and honest conversations about death, dying and bereavement. Find out what we’re doing to ensure people receive the right care and support at the end of their life in our latest blog.

9 - 15 May is Dying Matters Awareness week