Julian Huppert met experts from Macmillan Cancer Support, including Elaine Chapman, the Lead Chemotherapy Nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital today (Tuesday, April 14).
The charity is calling on all parties fighting the general election to act to improve services highlighting that by 2020 half of people will face cancer at some point in their lives.
Julian, who is standing as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge heard about people’s experiences of the care being offered for cancer patients across Cambridgeshire and how they were coping with the illness.
The charity says 25,500 people locally are living with cancer and its after effects.
“Macmillan does an excellent job in supporting people and their families who are affected by cancer,” said Julian, who has worked as a research scientist focusing on DNA, identifying new targets for anti-cancer drugs.
“We have come a long way in understanding cancer, how it affects people differently and how individuals react to the treatment available. We have invested extra money in science and research but we still need to go further which is why the Lib Dems are calling for an annual increase in a ring-fenced science budget of three per cent more than inflation for the next 15 years. We would also set ambitious goals to improve the outcomes for cancer and other serious life-threatening diseases and long-term conditions like dementia.
“But it’s not just about treatment. It’s also about longer-term holistic care for survivors, decent treatment through and after the treatments, and support for people to die at home if they so wish.
“Many of our lives have been touched by cancer in some way and it is absolutely vital to invest in research, treatments and care to make sure sufferers and their families receive the best support we can give.”