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The long road to recovery

Nearly 80,000 people in the UK today were diagnosed with cancer when they were under the age of 45. Younger people with cancer face particular pressures, as the disease coincides with the peak years for raising a family and forging a career. Macmillan Cancer Support has developed a package of interventions to improve outcomes for people in this group.

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A diagnosis of cancer was once a death sentence. Advances in treatment mean that is often no longer true – which is a cause for huge celebration.

But many people who have survived cancer find it hard to celebrate because they are living with the debilitating aftermath of the disease and its treatment.

And for nearly 80,000 people living in the UK who were diagnosed when under the age of 45, there can be extra pressures. This group is often in the throes of raising a family or forging a career.

Juliet Bouverie, director of services and influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, explains: ‘The sad reality is that many people of this age may be struggling to hold down a job, support a family and deal with the emotional impact of cancer while also going through treatment.

‘Many could be doing so

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