Why is the RCF needed?
There are currently inequalities of care and support facing cancer patients in the UK. For example, where the patient lives, how long it takes to achieve a diagnosis, and availability of treatment. These inequalities can have an enormous effect on a patient’s quality of life, and, ultimately, on their prognosis.
There are hundreds of different types of cancer, and research suggests that between 30% and 50% of all cancer cases could be classified as ‘rarer’. They fall outside the more common and highly publicised cancers such as colon, breast, lung and prostate.
A cancer may be classed as ‘rarer’ either because it affects an unusual site in the body, or because the cancer itself is of an unusual type, or requires special treatment.
However, the most important feature of a rarer cancer is the fact that the patient feels isolated. There may be few survivors, or no available support network. The GP may know very little about the condition, and it is difficult to get accurate information about the prognosis or the effect of treatment.
“We ensure that people with rarer cancers have access to the best services and outcomes”
The Rarer Cancers Foundation exists to ensure that people with rarer cancers have access to the best services and outcomes.
Rarer Cancers Foundation Campaign and Awareness News
We have a proven track record in securing the best possible services for people living with rarer cancers. We know that there is a great need to continue providing this support. 2010/2011 has seen considerable progress for the charity in improving the public auto insurance policy and NHS delivery environment for rarer cancers. Key highlights include :