12 March 2015
Responding to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report that the improvement of cancer services has ‘lost momentum’, Diana Jupp, Director of Services and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, says:
It is a great concern to hear that the improvement of cancer services has lost momentum in the last two years, on both a national and local level. One of the key data gaps is that we still don't know how many people are living with secondary breast cancer, which is incurable in the UK today.
This means that it is impossible to plan the right health services to meet patients' needs. People living with secondary breast cancer regularly tell us they are not getting essential care and support, which can cause a great deal of anger and distress. Unless these issues are urgently addressed we will never reach the goal for the UK to be the best in Europe for cancer care.
Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face phone and online services. We also provide training support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.