Wednesday 18th December 2019

UK

Matt Hancock will prioritise prevention, people, technology and infrastructure and in response, Louise Soanes, Director of Services for Teenage Cancer Trust said:

“A new term in Government brings new opportunity and as a charity that supports young people with cancer, we are pleased to see the Health Secretary’s re-affirmed focus on the workforce and the prevention of ill health. These are areas that with the right investment, can reap great reward - they can speed up diagnosis and drive up the quality and consistency of care, and by doing so, they have the potential to extend and enhance quality of life. 

“However, we know that not all young people with cancer receive the specialist care and support they deserve. Unlike children and adults, if you have cancer and are aged between 13 and 24, you are less likely to access the best treatment available. Young people with cancer also tell us that they need better support after treatment, particularly around psychological need. There is work to do to stamp out inequality in the delivery of cancer care for young people during and after treatment.  We will take every opportunity to work with the Health Secretary to do that.”