12 September 2017
Responding to NHS England’s announcement of a new quality of life measure for people after cancer treatment, Dany Bell, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Specialist Advisor for Treatment and Recovery, said:
“Surviving cancer is not the same as living well, and time and time again I hear people describe the sense of falling off a cliff when they have finished treatment. As more people survive cancer in the long term, measuring their quality of life will become increasingly important. That’s why we welcome this move by NHS England to track the support people receive after cancer treatment.
“If we are to see any meaningful improvement in the support people receive after their treatment, the Recovery Package – a personalised plan to help people manage the impact of their cancer – needs to be fully funded and adopted across the NHS.”
Statistics on quality of life after treatment:
Macmillan Cancer support estimates that at least 625,000 people in the UK are facing poor health or disability after treatment for cancer – approximately one in four (25%) of those living with cancer1.
The charity also warns that:
- At least 350,000 people living with and beyond cancer are experiencing chronic fatigue
- Around 350,000 are having sexual difficulties
- At least 200,000 are living with moderate to severe pain after curative treatment
- Around 150,000 are affected by urinary problems such as incontinence
- Around 90,000 are experiencing gastrointestinal problems, including faecal incontinence, diarrhoea and bleeding.2
For further information, please contact:
Eleanor Wilkinson, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
- Figures quoted from expert consensus collated as part of Macmillan Cancer Support (2013) Throwing light on the consequences of cancer and its treatment. Consensus was reached by consulting with a range of UK experts in the field, including members of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) Board, the NCSI Pelvic Cancers Project Steering Group, the Consequences of Cancer and its Treatment Collaborative (CCaT) and other leading researchers and professional societies. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/aboutus/ newsroom/consequences_of_treatment_june2013.pdf
- Figures taken from Macmillan Cancer Support, Cured, But at What Cost? – Page 5
About Macmillan Cancer Support
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.
Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon or giving up alcohol – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year.
Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it.