The cancer story is changing

Why is it so important we invest in research into cancer patients and cancer care services?

The story of cancer is changing. People with cancer are living longer after their diagnosis than they did 40 years ago. Cancer is increasingly about living with cancer, and there are many people experiencing issues that require support several years after an initial diagnosis and treatment.

Read through this section to understand more about the cancer population, how we can improve cancer care services and develop more personalised care.

  • The cancer population

    The population of people living with cancer in the UK is continuing to rise. Macmillan is at the forefront in understanding the cancer population and their needs.

  • Experience and outcomes

    Everyone diagnosed with cancer should be treated with dignity and respect throughout their cancer journey. We carry out research and analysis so we can understand how patients feel about their care, what’s working and what could be done better.

  • Health economics

    Efficiency savings in the NHS coupled with a growing cancer population mean increased pressure on health services. In light of these challenges, it's really important to demonstrate value. To show that service solutions are both cost effective and maximise outcomes for people affected by cancer.

  • Effective service solutions

    Macmillan is here to help everyone affected by cancer. We know that health and social care provision across the UK needs to change to support the growing demand. At Macmillan, we work with health and social care organisations to provide solutions to support people with cancer to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The changing story of cancer

Macmillan’s research reveals that the number of people living with cancer diagnosis in the UK is 2.5 million (in 2015) and is set to rise to four million by 2030. The Changing Story of Cancer infographic outlines some of the big numbers we’re talking about.

Download the infographic [PDF]