Chris Evans, the MP for Islwyn, last week showed his support for Macmillan Cancer Support by attending a ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event in Parliament. The occasion launched the charity’s latest report, ‘Am I Meant to be Okay Now? Stories of Life After Treatment’.
The report provides insight into the struggles faced by people after finishing cancer treatment, and highlights how the current aftercare system is letting people down. Macmillan’s research suggests that one in three people report struggling with their physical wellbeing up to two years after treatment has ended. What’s more, over 80% of those facing physical difficulties in the two years after treatment said that they did not receive adequate support to get their lives back on track.
In 2016, Macmillan coffee mornings raised an impressive £29.5 million, providing much-needed funding to help individuals living with cancer as well as vital research into treatment and cures. As a result of the report, Macmillan are calling on MPs and the Government to support the implementation of stratified follow-up pathways for cancer patients in recovery. This approach to aftercare can ensure that people with cancer will receive the appropriate support and care based on the severity of their needs, both during and after cancer treatment.
Speaking at the event, Mr Evans said: ‘The Macmillan coffee mornings have become somewhat of a tradition in my constituency of Islwyn, so I welcomed the opportunity to attend the report launch in Parliament.
Listening first hand to peoples’ experiences of life post-treatment was eye opening, and it was good to hear more about the work which Macmillan does to support cancer patients and their families. This report highlights the urgent need to ensure we have the appropriate systems in place to support those who continue to struggle physically and mentally after treatment, and it is high time that the Government prioritised this.’