Yesterday I attended a drop-in session hosted by the Wales Cancer Alliance, which was sponsored by Mark Isherwood AM. The event focused on the importance of working in partnership with the third sector to implement the new Cancer Delivery Plan which was launched in November 2016.
I was able to visit the stands of each member organisation and meet both staff and service users who were on hand to share their personal experiences of cancer.
The Wales Cancer Alliance works collaboratively to promote the best cancer prevention, treatment, research and care for people in Wales. Every year, the Alliance collectively invests more than £20m in Wales and contributes to the development of cancer policy.
The third sector has a key role to play in influencing the strategic cancer agenda as well as delivering local services for people in my constituency. The Cancer Delivery Plan is an important service improvement vehicle and through its implementation, cancer services will be better placed to meet the demands of people affected by cancer in the coming years.
The Wales Cancer Alliance is a coalition of sixteen organisations: The Brain Tumour Charity, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Wales, CLIC Sargent, Hospices Cymru (represented by George Thomas Hospice), Macmillan Cancer Support, Maggie’s, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Myeloma UK, Ovarian Cancer Action, Prostate Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Teenage Cancer Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care.