6 December 2016
Responding to NHS England’s announcement of funding being made available to support interventions in cancer care, Fay Scullion, Interim Director of England at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We know many people are facing the impact of cancer alone because the current system isn’t set up to manage the long-term consequences of their treatment. People with cancer need ongoing support to help them to cope during and after their treatment, including help getting back to work once they are well enough or emotional support. People shouldn’t just survive cancer but be able to live as well as they possibly can.
“We are pleased that NHS England is making this money available to local structures, Cancer Alliances, to make sure everyone with cancer has access to the right treatment and support throughout their journey. This includes making sure people are diagnosed earlier and get personalised follow-up care. It’s positive that NHS England recognises the needs of people affected by cancer and is willing to address them.”
For further information, please contact:
Jess Owen, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
02070912407 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk