26 May 2011
Responding to the cancer survival figures issued by the ONS today, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“It is encouraging that survival rates for many cancer patients are improving. However, this does not show the whole picture.
“After treatment ends, many patients feel abandoned by the NHS and struggle to cope with the long-term effects of cancer and the impact cancer treatment has on their health, careers and families.
“That’s why we are urging the NHS to recognise the long-term impact of cancer and offer every cancer patient the support they need. We also want commissioners and Cancer Networks to work together within their areas to implement local strategies to tackle cancer survival rate inequality.”
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Ross, Senior Media & PR Officer of Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 7821 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.