Macmillan Cancer Support is the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK. The organisation was established in 1911 as the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer, founded by a young man named Douglas Macmillan who, motivated by his father’s battle with cancer, wanted to help offer services of value to those coping with the disease. The charity was originally created to provide advice and information to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes. Today much of Douglas’ legacy lives on.
As treatments for cancer improve and patient survival rates increase, the number of people living with the disease and its aftermath is also growing and, accordingly, so grows the need for extended medical help as well as practical, emotional and financial support services for the people and families affected by this challenging disease. Today Macmillan provides assistance to patients, their caregivers, families and communities with a variety of support services…
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