Stop cancer becoming the Forgotten 'C'

Currently, the news headlines are focusing on the increase in coronavirus cases and the 'second wave' facing the UK. We are already seeing further disruption to cancer services and fear this will lead to even more people waiting for treatment. We’re campaigning harder than ever for urgent action from UK Governments to prevent this. 

With you alongside us, we’ll make sure cancer isn’t forgotten during or after this pandemic. Join us and add your name to our open letter. 

How coronavirus has impacted cancer treatment

When coronavirus hit, thousands of vital cancer treatments, appointments and care were postponed or cancelled. Now, the consequences of this disruption to cancer services are impossible to ignore. People still aren’t able to get the timely support they need, and the emotional impact of the outbreak is continuing to take its toll on people already struggling.

Cancer cannot become the forgotten 'C' during this pandemic. We need to see national and local action to deliver on cancer recovery plans, clear the backlog and get cancer services back on track.

You can find out more about the treatment and care backlog in our new report:

Simon's story

Watch the video to hear Simon’s story of living with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s what you can do

You can join us in taking action by adding your name to our open letter to the government.

You can also support the Forgotten C campaign by:

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Take action in your nation

If you think you are not receiving the right care, we have also developed guides to help you take action. Select your location below to read about your rights in your nation.
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England

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care:

Cancer and coronavirus - know your rights in England (PDF)

We know that there are millions of people living with cancer who still need the right care, treatment and support right now.

We want the Government to publish a plan showing how cancer treatment will return as soon as possible. We need urgent action and commitments to:

  • ring-fence cancer services to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing
  • address the backlog in cancer diagnosis, treatment and care
  • guarantee the NHS will have the resources it needs to meet increased demand in the coming months
  • make sure every person diagnosed with cancer has the fully personalised care they need.

Add your name to our open letter, calling on the Health Secretary in each Nation to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing.

Northern Ireland More info

Northern Ireland

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care.

Cancer and coronavirus - know your rights in Northern Ireland (PDF)

We know that there are many people living with cancer in Northern Ireland who still need the right care, treatment and support right now.

We urgently await the publication of the Assembly’s rebuilding plan for cancer services. We know that:

  • patient treatment continues to be affected by COVID-19
  • we need action to ring-fence cancer services to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing
  • without immediate action, cancer services will feel the impact of COVID-19 long into the future.

Add your name to our open letter, calling on the Health Secretary in each Nation to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing by committing to ring-fencing cancer services.

Scotland More info

Scotland

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care.

Cancer and coronavirus - know your rights in Scotland (PDF)

We know that there are many people living with cancer in Scotland who still need the right care, treatment and support right now.

In the middle of August, the Scottish Government outlined that it would publish a cancer recovery plan for 2020-2023 in Autumn 2020. We want to see it turned into action on:

  • ring-fencing cancer services to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing
  • a reduction in the size of the current cancer diagnosis, treatment and care backlog
  • a personalised approach to care for every cancer patient, supporting their emotional, financial and physical, as well as clinical, needs
  • all cancer screening programmes returned but with a greater emphasis on tackling inequalities.
Add your name to our open letter, calling on the Health Secretary in each Nation to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing by committing to ring-fencing cancer services.
Wales More info

Wales

Download our guide to help you take action if you think you are not receiving the right care.

Cancer and coronavirus - know your rights in Wales (PDF)

We know many people had their cancer diagnosis and treatment interrupted due to the pandemic. While many services have returned to new ways of working, there is still a backlog of people awaiting treatment and diagnosis in parts of Wales. 

We also know many people might still feel worried about coming forward with signs and symptoms of cancer, creating additional problems later down the line.

We want the Welsh Government to take positive action by:

  • Ring-fencing cancer services to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing
  • Guaranteeing personalised care as a priority in the recovery, ensuring people with cancer are fully supported with their physical, practical and emotional needs
  • Funding a sustained public awareness campaign to encourage people to speak with their GP should they be concerned about signs and symptoms of cancer
  • Publishing the ‘Framework for the Reinstatement of Cancer Services in Wales during COVID-19’ document
  • Prioritising the next phase of the Welsh Cancer Delivery Plan and working with Macmillan to create a positive vision for the next generation of cancer care.

Add your name to our open letter, calling on the Health Secretary in each Nation to prevent the cancer backlog from increasing by committing to ring-fencing cancer services.

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