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Funding boost for cancer survival pilot scheme

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A charity has received a £1.6million funding boost from the government in order to improve the services and support for people with cancer and those who are in remission from the disease.

Macmillan Cancer Support will used the money to pilot different ways that NHS and local authorities can look after people when have finished their initial cancer treatment. 

It will also provide increased training for healthcare professionals and be used to run courses to help people living with cancer look after their own lives.

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘This funding will 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.  Cancer survivors have a range of needs - physical, psychological and social - and, through the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, we are working to ensure that they can lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.’

The funding will support the development of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative-a partnership between the Department of Health and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Currently 1.63 million people in England and 2 million across the UK as a whole have had cancer. This number is likely to grow by over 3% per year, reflecting the increasing incidence of cancer and better survival rates.

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