26 May 2016
Responding to new research by the Duke University Medical Centre published in Science Translational Medicine which reveals how breast cancer cells can migrate to bone marrow and lie dormant until after treatment, Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“There are currently 2.5 million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and we know that almost half of (47%) survivors worry that the disease will come back1.
“This new research is very welcome and we hope it will help to develop new treatments which could reduce the chances of the disease returning for breast cancer survivors.
“Being given the all-clear after cancer doesn’t always mean the end of the road for survivors. It’s vital that when the treatment stops people are still supported to get back on their feet, deal with the consequences of their cancer experience, and know how to look out for signs that their cancer has come back.”
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Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer (Mon-Wed), Macmillan Cancer Support
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Notes to Editors:
1 Department of Health (2012)Quality of Life of Cancer Survivors in England: Report on a pilot survey using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS). Of nearly 5,000 breast, colorectal, prostate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors one to five years from diagnosis, 47% of respondents reported fear of recurrence. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267042/9284-TSO-2900701-PROMS-1.pdf
At least 500,000 people in the UK, were estimated to be facing poor health or disability after treatment for cancer in 2010 – approximately one in four (25%) of those diagnosed with cancer. Around 240,000 cancer survivors are living with mental health problems, which can include moderate to severe anxiety or depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Macmillan Cancer Support. Cured but at what cost? Long-term consequences of cancer and its treatment. [accessed August 2014]. Available from: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/AboutUs/Newsroom/Consequences_of_Treatment_June2013.pdf.
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