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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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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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There are lots of ways you can support Macmillan’s campaigns, from attending events to lobbying your MP. Get the latest tips and resources to make sure your voice heard.

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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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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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Latest news

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

Email us at campaigns@macmillan.org.uk

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

Macmillan Campaigns Team

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1 August 2016: Cancer Then and Now - read our new report

In our new report ‘Cancer: Then and Now’, we look at the changing story of cancer since the 1970s and reveal for the first time the number of people who are alive that were diagnosed in the 1970s and 80s in the UK.

Key findings

  • More than 170,000 people are living with cancer in the UK who were diagnosed up to 40 years ago.
  • People are twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s.

Earlier diagnosis and advances in treatment have contributed to improvements in survival rates. But for many survivors, cancer leaves a lifelong legacy of side-effects. With the numbers of people living with cancer in the UK set to grow from 2.5 million people to 4 million by 2030, more people than ever will need support with the long-term effect of cancer.

The report has received a huge amount of television, radio and print media coverage across outlets including BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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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.

Macmillan Cancer Support

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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.

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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.

Find out more about the campaign.

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

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