Cancer, the gift that keeps on giving…….
Guest blog by Ceinwen Giles, Trustee, Shine Cancer Support and 2013 Clore Social Fellow.
In a report released last week, Cured – But At What Cost?, Macmillan Cancer Support highlights that at 25% of those diagnosed with cancer at some point – around 500,000 people in the UK – are facing disability or poor health after treatment for cancer. The report argues that commissioners and providers must better understand the long-term needs of people living with and beyond cancer and how these can be met. Some consequences of cancer and its treatment, they note, can be reduced with simple interventions, while more complex issues will require specialist services.
Macmillan makes a number of compelling arguments in its report. But what is missing from the report is a consideration of the needs younger adults who are in work or caring for their families. There are many services available at a free or low…
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