2 November 2015
Responding to research presented at the NCRI conference which reveals that a quarter of patients diagnosed with cancer after going to London A&E departments will have died within two months, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“These findings are utterly shocking and highlight the importance of early diagnosis. It’s fundamental that all cancer patients get the right treatment as soon as possible to give them the best chance of survival. Yet despite this, too many people are still dying needlessly.
“We know that hospitals in London and across the country do amazing work every day, but they are over stretched and pressure is only increasing. That’s why the government and NHS must fully fund and implement the recommendations in the Cancer Strategy to ensure people with cancer are diagnosed early and get the right care and support at every stage, helping to save more lives.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire McMahon, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7 091 2103 (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