29 November 2019

Responding to new research released by Macmillan Cancer Support revealing there are nearly three million people living with cancer in the UK, Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, said:

“With the huge, continually increasing numbers of people living with cancer in the UK and the pressure on the NHS, it’s inescapably clear that urgent action is needed to ensure all patients have access to first-rate care and support.

“As breast cancer survival rates improve, there are hundreds of thousands of people who face long-term physical and emotional impacts after finishing treatment for the disease. Far too many are living with ongoing fatigue, reduced body confidence and continuous anxieties about the cancer coming back, without the support they need to live well.

“We also know that due to workforce shortages there are potentially thousands living with incurable, secondary breast cancer who have not seen a nurse specialist since they were diagnosed. Despite being on lifelong treatment and having highly complex needs, they are missing out on vital nursing support. Investment is needed to recruit and train enough nurses to support people living with secondary breast cancer.

“Anyone affected by breast cancer can call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000 for support, information or just to talk things through. Our nurses are just at the end of the telephone line.”