Cancer waiting times
You may have recently heard in the news about cancer waiting times being longer than usual. If you’re worried about how this might affect you, we’re here to help.
Updated on 10 March 2022
There have been recent news reports about cancer waiting times being at a record high. This might be impacting people who have been referred by their GP and are waiting to see a cancer specialist. It might also be affecting people who are waiting to start their cancer treatment.
We understand that this is worrying news for a lot of people. You may be already experiencing a delay, or you might be worried about how this news might affect you. We are here to support you.
You may want to speak to somebody about how you are feeling. This could be a healthcare professional, a friend or somebody in the community. We provide services to support you.
Talk to one of our cancer nurses
If you are concerned about waiting times, referrals, changes or disruption to your treatment, or you have questions about cancer, you can contact our specially trained nurses. Call the Macmillan Support Line for free on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm).
You can also get support by:
Macmillan Buddies are trained volunteers who often have a cancer experience or know someone who has. They can support you with a weekly phone call.
Tailored email support
If you've recently been diagnosed with cancer, sign up to receive regular tailored emails with information and support.
If you are waiting for treatment, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle so you are fit for treatment.
A healthy, balanced diet and staying active can also help give back a sense of control if you’re waiting for a referral.
Here is information and services to help you take care of your physical health and well-being.
SafeFit cancer exercise specialists offer free, remote advice, support and resources to help you keep active and eat healthily. SafeFit is being trailed in response to COVID-19, to support physical activity while social distancing.
Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists
Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists provide local, in-store support to people living with or affected by cancer. They can help to answer your questions about medication, listen to any concerns, and guide you to other sources of information and support.
Everyone should get the very best cancer care and treatment, no matter what their situation.
Our Raising Your Voice toolkit is here to help everyone get equal cancer care as an NHS patient in England. It has advice for people who are experiencing changes, delays or cancellations. There is also guidance for people who feel they are not receiving the care they are entitled to.
The toolkit includes information such as:
- Understanding your cancer care rights
- Challenging conversations about your cancer care
- Cancer support groups.
Find out more about the Raising Your Voice toolkit.