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  • Blog Post: Older people and cancer webchat – Tuesday 22 January

    Next Tuesday lunchtime, we’ll be holding a live webchat about older people and cancer. Kath Curley from the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance and Teresa Gonzales, a specialist nurse from the Macmillan Support Line will be answering questions in the chatroom. More than half the people...
  • Blog Post: Meet the team Christmas special week 3: Age Old Excuse team

    In the third week of the Community meet the team Christmas special, the team behind the Age Old Excuse campaign introduce themselves to the Community... Tell us a bit about your team… We have been working our warm woolly winter socks off for the last six months on Macmillan’s Age...
  • Blog Post: Free social care at the end of life campaign goes to Parliament

    Earlier this week, I went along to a roundtable discussion event in Parliament organised by Macmillan to talk about free social care at the end of life. This event was part of our campaign, calling for all patients at the end of life to get the social care support they need to allow them to be cared...
  • Blog Post: Social care at the end of life - join our campaign

    We know that most people with cancer at the end of their life want to spend their last weeks and days at home, in a familiar place surrounded by loved ones. But right now, only 27% of people are able to do so. That’s why we’ve launched our latest campaign action asking the government...
  • Blog Post: It’s the age old excuse

    You may have seen the story splashed all over the news this week about the rising number of older people predicted to be living with cancer in 30 years time. Our research shows that the number will triple from 1.3 million in 2010 to a staggering 4.1 million in 2040. This is incredibly worrying...
  • Blog Post: Social care support at the end of life - we'd like to hear about your experience

    Despite the fact that most people with cancer at the end of life want to be cared for in their own home, we know that all too often people simply don’t get the social care support they need to make this possible. By social care support we mean things like personal care, turning the patient in...
  • Blog Post: Social care reform - significant progress

    Yesterday, the government published the long-awaited social care white paper . And here at Macmillan we were really pleased that, in it, they recognised the importance of free social care for those at the end of life. We want all people with cancer to have the choice to die at home surrounded by...
  • Blog Post: Cancer Drugs Fund must be better monitored

    Hi - I’m Kajal, the new Campaigns Officer at Macmillan. I’ll be posting on here from time to time about the latest on our campaigns. Today I wanted to fill you in on the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Launched in October 2010 following Macmillan’s Vote Cancer Support campaign , the fund was...
  • Blog Post: Join the Energy Bill Revolution to freeze out fuel poverty

    Nearly 60% of people with cancer find that their energy bills go up after diagnosis. This isn’t surprising, considering cancer patients often feel the cold more due to their condition and treatment. Plus, they are often spending more time at home, pushing up their fuel bills. These costs can simply...
  • Blog Post: Welfare Reform Bill comes to an end

    After almost 14 months the Welfare Reform Bill has finally reached the end of its journey through Parliament. The Bill passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords last Wednesday and will shortly become law. So what does it all mean for people with cancer? Well, we’ve had some good news...