NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORSHIP INITIATIVE
In late 2008, the Department of Health (England) and Macmillan Cancer Support launched the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI). A cancer survivor is someone who has had a diagnosis of cancer at some point in their life; they may have active disease or they may be living beyond cancer. In January 2010 the NCSI published a vision document for the improved care and support of people living with and beyond cancer.
During 2009/10 the NCSI research workstream, as one of seven workstreams of the NCSI, set out to establish what is and is not known about the best ways to care for and support all people living with and beyond cancer and the future areas of research that would be of greatest benefit to cancer survivors.
The NCSI research workstream brought together experts in the field of survivorship research with experts in primary care, the NHS and consumers. The final report from the research workstream, on research priorities in survivorship, was published in June 2010. For further information on all of the NCSI workstreams, please go to www.ncsi.org.uk.
NCRI, as part of the Rapid Review, is working with the NCSI to address how research in the area of survivorship after cancer may be taken forward.