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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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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

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


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.

Read the report.


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