- publish national recovery plans to protect cancer services and reduce the treatment backlog
- rapidly establish ‘coronavirus-free hubs’ with the required equipment, testing and staff
- ensure that everyone with cancer has a personalised care and support plan with the emotional, practical and end of life support they need
- make sure people with cancer symptoms continue to contact their GP.
We want the Government to publish a plan showing how cancer treatment will return as soon as possible. Latest figures show:
- almost 18,000 more people with cancer in England could die. The coronavirus pandemic led hospitals to suspend treatment and deter people from seeking NHS care
- this is an increase of 20% on the 89,576 deaths among cancer patients recorded annually in England
- urgent GP referrals for cancer tests have fallen by 76%. Chemotherapy appointment referrals have fallen by 60%.
We know that there are millions of people living with cancer who still need the right care, treatment and support right now. We’ve created this guide to help you to take action if you think you are not receiving the right care.
Take action – write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP. You can raise Macmillan's and your own concerns over cancer treatment in England.