Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

National Cancer Survivorship Initiative


There are currently 1.8 million people in England living with and beyond cancer, and 2 million across the UK as a whole. The aim of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.

What is the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative?

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) is a partnership between NHS England and Macmillan Cancer Support, co chaired by Sean Duffy, National Clinical Director for Cancer, and Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Originating from the Cancer Reform Strategy (DH 2007), the NCSI from 2008 – March 2013 was a partnership between Department of Health and Macmillan, with great support from NHS Improvement.

Our aim is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.

NCSI recently posted a great video which explains what they’re about. Have a look and see what you think:


3 thoughts on “National Cancer Survivorship Initiative

  1. Hi,

    My name is Pam Bentley. I had breast cancer 26 years ago and survived. I have recently completed 6 months chemotherapy and 4 weeks of radiotherapy, as breast cancer has presented in the second breast.

    Since my first diagnosis I have worked tirelessly, raising funds for cancer research, and am currently Survivor Co-ordinator for Bournemouth & East Dorset Relay for Life, being organised by Cancer Research U.K. to be held in Ferndown, for the 7th year in Ferndown on 12th and 13th July, 2014. Details of Relay, as opposed to Race for Life can be found by visiting cruk.org/relay.

    My reason for contacting the National Cancer Survivorship Iniative is to ask if it is at all possible to invite as many cancer survivors, living in the area along to our event.

    Survivors are NOT asked to fundraise, they are asked to celebrate their survival. To this end survivors take part in the opening lap of honour, and are then invited to a celebratory party, with entertainment (all donated). This takes place as the actual teams begin their 24 hour Relay on Saturday 12th July on the field behind Ferndown Leisure Centre. As mentioned previously full details can be found on our web site.

    I have been organising this part of the event since its induction, and all the survivors have enjoyed the occasion, feeling uplifted at seeing so many young people, inspired to fundraise for medical research.

    I do hope you are able to publicise this event on our behalf, as studying the ethos of the N.C.S.I. I feel this event well meets the aims you are striving to achieve.

    I shall be happy to discuss Relay for Life in more detail, particularly the role of the survivors. My telephone number is 01202 872074.

    Many thanks, Pam Bentley, Survivor Co-ordinator, Bournemouth & East Dorset Relay for Life.

    P.S. We are a small, entirely voluntary committee.


    • Hi Pam thanks for getting in touch. I’d be happy to mention your event and if it’s okay I can just cut and paste from your comment and use that, just let me know if that’s okay. I will include your contact details only if you say that’s okay. I’ve noticed that I forgot to put a link to the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative’s website so that has now been rectified. This blog is not related to them rather we’re just trying to spread the word about their work. You can however get in touch with them direct: Maureen Dowling, Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme Manager, NHS England Email: maureen.dowling@nhs.net
      I hope that’s helpful. Many thanks again for getting in touch and good luck on 12th July. We’re sure our colleagues in Dorset Macmillan Advocacy in particular will be watching how it goes with interest. Kind Regards


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