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How has Macmillan developed over the years?

This Nurses’ Day we look back at the key events that helped shape Macmillan

  • In 1911, Douglas Macmillan established the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer’, providing information on recognising, preventing and treating cancer to patients, doctors and members of the public. This is now called Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • In 1975 Macmillan funded the first Macmillan Nurse and built and equipped the first Macmillan cancer care unit.
  • In 1986 Macmillan funded the first Macmillan Doctor
  • In 2000 Macmillan funded the 2000th Macmillan Nurse
  • In 2013 Macmillan spend £108million on services for people affected by cancer
  • In 2013, Macmillan supported 127,680 cancer patients through Macmillan AHPs.
  • In 2013, Macmillan’s national network of face-to-face Macmillan benefits advisers reached an estimated 130,004 people affected cancer, identifying around £186.4m in benefits for people affected by cancer.

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