Many people could face cancer alone without the support of friends and family. But looking after a loved one with cancer can be tough. Macmillan’s campaigns team tell us more.

Almost 1 million people in England help to look after a friend or family member with cancer but, too often, many miss out on the support they need.

Today we’re launching a campaign to coincide with the government’s new Care Bill, calling for change to make sure that carers are:

  • identified as soon as possible
  • signposted to support they need.

We spoke to Sharon, who told us why she feels it’s so important that carers get support from day one.

SharonWhile caring for her mum, Sharon found it really difficult to access support.

Struggling to balance work and family duties, Sharon had to change her working hours to be with her mum, which had real impact on family finances.

With little support or information, Sharon found herself trying to find out about her mum’s condition and where to go for help at a very difficult time.

‘When we first found out that my mum was ill – I thought where do I start? I didn’t see myself as a carer so taking that on board and finding support was hard.’

Sharon accessed support from the Macmillan website and Macmillan team, which helped share some of the load. Sharon feels that information and support are vital for people like her, as they cope with taking on their caring roles.

‘It was a big shock but having access to the right information was another bit of armour.’

How to help





There are thousands of cancer carers in England who, like Sharon, are reaching breaking point, exhausted from doing all they can for their loved one or friend. It is vital that the government acts to address this lack of support.

Join our carers campaign to " target="_blank">ask the government to tackle the caring crisis and fight for those who care. 

You can also get involved with Carers Week" target="_blank">get involved with Carers Week 10 - 16 June.

Get support

If you are caring for someone with cancer we have information and support to help" target="_blank">information and support to help.