Macmillan living with and beyond cancer

We are launching a project to transform our approach to supporting people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

The programme will be ran as a partnership between Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Chorley and South Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG, and it is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

In Lancashire and Cumbria there are more than 70,000 people living with and beyond cancer, by 2030 that number is expected to double.

This new project is designed to provide support not only during treatment, but also after treatment too by implementing the Recovery Package.

Over the last 12 months we have run working groups, made up of cancer survivors and their carers, as well as our healthcare professionals and GP’s, to talk about the kind of support that people need such as a holistic needs assessment, health and wellbeing events and treatment summaries.

Christina Robinson from the Corporate Cancer Team, said: “More people than ever are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis, which is testament to the high quality treatments we are able to offer but people still need support even after their treatment is over. People who have finished cancer treatment tell us they often have difficulties financially, emotionally, practically and medically. We want people in Central Lancashire not only to survive cancer, but to enjoy the best possible quality of life following treatment. This means looking beyond typically reported clinical outcomes and considering all the ways that cancer may impact on people’s lives and how people experience that. We believe more can be done to improve the lives of cancer survivors. Support for people living with or beyond cancer should not finish after treatment but should continue into a phase of supported aftercare.

“The traditional design of cancer services is very hospital focused but this is changing with more emphasis on primary care and community and voluntary services. The Recovery Package is recommended in the national cancer strategy. It provides an evidence based framework from which to develop commission and deliver support to local cancer patients to enable more personalised follow up options which are appropriate and safe to each individual case.”

For more information or to volunteer to share your experience of living with a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone who does please contact: Dr Hilary Cassels – hilary.cassels@nhs.net