About us

The Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG) is a coalition of charities working for improvements in outcomes, treatment and care of cancer in England. We are a diverse group of organisations with different areas of focus, including service delivery, research, prevention, information and support, care and treatment, and patient involvement. Together, we speak with one unified voice with the aim of influencing cancer policy in England.

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The remit and objectives of the CCG are:

  1. Working with its members, supporters and other external organisations, the CCG aims to enhance and add value to the debate and ongoing campaigning for change in cancer policy.
  2. The CCG will set its own objectives, which can include any aspect of cancer policy, including but not limited to, prevention, research, early diagnosis, primary care, secondary care, access to treatments, living with and beyond cancer, metastatic cancer, and end of life care.

The CCG’s campaigning strategy and activities are developed by a steering group of representatives from six member charities – Breast Cancer CareCancer Research UKMacmillan Cancer Support, Anthony Nolan, CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust. Portland provides the Secretariat to the Group, including communications advice, support and implementation.

The CCG is run by its members for its members. While the CCG is supported by funds from the pharmaceutical industry, it remains wholly independent in its capacity to set and pursue its own agenda. The final decision-making responsibility lies with the Steering Group, as authorised by the membership. However, at appropriate times and when the need arises, the CCG may choose to work with any other body, including the pharmaceutical industry in order to achieve its agreed aims.

The CCG’s work is supported by nine corporate sponsors – Amgen, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, Novartis, Roche Diagnostics, Roche Products and Pfizer.  Supporting organisations do not direct or control CCG strategy, activities or literature in any way. The CCG ensures that all its relationships with supporter organisations comply with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) code of conduct, governing the relationship between patient groups and pharmaceutical companies.

How to Join

Charities are welcome to apply to become members of the CCG.  Organisations that wish to join have to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a key focus on cancer care, treatment or research in England
  • Have a legal charitable status
  • Be non-profit
  • Be independent of governments, political parties and commercial organisations
  • Not be exclusively funded by one pharmaceutical company
  • Support and demonstrate a commitment to CCG goals and be prepared to work constructively in collaboration with other CCG members.

Membership of CCG is free of charge, but to ensure that we honour our Terms of Reference, we ask all new and prospective members to fill out an application form.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the CCG please download and fill in the application form and return it to ccg@portland-communications.com.  Your application will then be sent to the Steering Group for consideration.

CCG Membership Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact ccg@portland-communications.com.

For more information please see the Terms of Reference here.

It is supported by 8 companies:

  • Amgen
  • Bayer
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Lilly
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Roche