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New funding for care of cancer survivors

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Macmillan Cancer Support has received a £1.6m funding boost to improve services and support for people with cancer and those who are in remission from the disease.

The government funding will be spent on developing the charity’s National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, which was formerly launched last September.

This will pilot different ways in which the NHS and local authorities can look after people when have finished their initial cancer treatment, and also seek to increase training for healthcare professionals and courses to promote self-management among people living with cancer.

The funding represents a win for the charity and Nursing Times, which revealed in a survey in March that more than one-third of nurses had not had any specific education or training in helping to care for cancer survivors.

The survey, carried out jointly by Nursing Times and Macmillan Cancer Support, also showed that of those who had received training, only 61% said it had given them sufficient understanding and knowledge to meet the needs of patients.

Commenting on the new funding, health minister Ann Keen said it would ‘make a real difference to people who have survived cancer by helping to ensure that they get the expert care and support they need’. ‘The impact of cancer does not end after treatment,’ she said. 

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