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Cancer cash crisis

A report from Macmillan finds that the NHS in England spends more than £500m a year on emergency care for people diagnosed with the four most common cancers alone.

Of this, more than £130m is spent treating people more than six months after their diagnosis, when initial treatment has usually finished. The report warns that a lack of post-diagnosis support for people living with cancer is putting increased pressure on overstretched A&E departments as the health service faces another winter of high demand.