Sir George pledges support for cancer survivors
6 May 2009
Sir George with the Macmillan Logo
Sir George with the Macmillan Logo
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Sir George promised to campaign for better cancer services at a House of Commons reception hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support on 6 May.

The cancer charity is looking to raise awareness of the difficulties cancer patients face in getting their lives back after a life-threatening disease.

Many survivors experience emotional problems, side effects such as severe fatigue or memory loss, or find it hard to get back to work, pay the bills or start a family.

“There are two million people living in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis and this number is rising by 3 per cent every year. They will live with the disease or the consequences of their treatment for the rest of their lives.

“That’s why health and social care services need to start doing more to support this growing population and why I’m backing Macmillan’s campaign to help the two million cancer survivors in the UK get their lives back.”

Ciarán Devane, Macmillan’s Chief Executive, spoke at the event which was attended by over 150 MPs, peers, cancer policy makers and charities.

He said: “Cancer survivors tell Macmillan they feel abandoned after treatment and need more support. We are delighted that so many MPs are committed to working with us to improve the quality of life of people living with or after cancer. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence but it shouldn’t be a life sentence either.”

Ann Keen MP, Minister for Cancer Services, also spoke at the event and announced £1.6 million of new funding to explore how health and social care services can be improved for cancer survivors.

Macmillan provides help and support for anyone affected by cancer. For more information contact Macmillan’s helpline on 0800 500 800 or go to

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 and two million of us are living with it.
• For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit
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