Macmillan and survivorship
How should we support people living with or beyond cancer?
We believe that all people living with or beyond cancer should have access to the following:
- A post-treatment assessment care plan and appropriate medical, practical and emotional services for everyone who finishes treatment or is diagnosed with active, progressive or recurrent cancer. This should also include information regarding employment after cancer
- High-quality information and the tools to help people support themselves throughout their cancer journey
- Advice and support to help people get back to work
- Support for people experiencing physical or emotional consequences relating to their cancer or its treatment
- Timely access to psychological therapies to address any mental health issues
- Access to specialist medical care for complications that occur after cancer
- Support for carers, including assessment of their needs
- Involving people living with or beyond cancer in the development of services
- Health care, social care and voluntary organisations working more closely together to help support people living with or beyond cancer.
What is Macmillan doing already?
- Macmillan has partnered with the Department of Health, supported by NHS Improvement, to create the National Cancer Survivorship initiative; a key initiative of the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), working to improve services for cancer survivors in England. See the most recent report Living with and Beyond Cancer: Taking actions to improve outcomes 2013 [PDF, 4.12MB].
- We are providing information and support through our information and support services across the UK, our publications, websites, cancer support specialists and through our network of Macmillan professionals.
- We are providing financial help through one-off grants and benefits advice.
- We are giving people the skills to manage their own condition through our self-management courses and supporting over 800 self-help and support groups across the UK.
- We are working with local partners and governments to help develop understanding of the needs of cancer survivors.