New one-year cancer survival rate figures for England out today, released by the Public Health England National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, show that for many common cancers more than one in three people will survive their cancer for at least a year despite being diagnosed at a later stage.1 Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is really heartening that cancer survival rate of people living at least one year after a cancer diagnosis have increased2 and these new results are further proof that cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was. But with thousands more people surviving cancer, this also means more are dealing with the significant impact it has on their lives. They may be grappling with potential long-term debilitating side effects such as heart problems, incontinence and chronic pain or having money worries, a result of giving up work or cutting down their hours because of their illness.
“While we want people to be diagnosed early as it gives them the best chance of survival, it’s important to remember that even those with potentially incurable cancer can survive for many months or years. For example more than four in five men (85%) with advanced prostate cancer survive at least a year after diagnosis2. There must be the right support available for those who are trying to get on with their lives while coping with the inevitable effect that cancer has had on them. Support needs to be personalised and might include advice on how to manage the side effects of treatment, get back to work, or become physically active.
“We’ve seen the Government commit to a package of care to support the recovery of people with cancer and we’d urge NHS England to put this in place as soon as possible. To address the complex needs of cancer patients, everyone from health and social care professionals, to employers to the friends and family of people with cancer needs to work together to ensure no one faces cancer alone.”