See the work Marie Curie do

Providing care for terminally ill patients

Marie Curie Cancer Care was established in 1948 - the same year as the NHS.

More than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals help provide care for terminally ill patients in the community and in our hospices, along with support for their families.

This year we expect to provide care to more than 31,000 people with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

Marie Curie Nurses

Research commissioned by Marie Curie Cancer Care shows that 65 per cent of people would choose to die at home. In reality, only 25 per cent achieve this.

Every year, Marie Curie Nurses make that wish possible for thousands of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses across the UK.

Our nurses now care for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home. They work through the night or during the day to provide care for patients in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.

They also provide practical and emotional support for carers and families at what can be an exhausting time. Marie Curie Nursing is always free of charge to patients and carers.

Read more about our nursing services and nursing care in your home.


Marie Curie Hospices

We have nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK.

Each hospice offers specialist support in a relaxed, friendly and comfortable environment and no charge is ever made to patients or their families.

We provide the largest number of hospice beds outside the NHS. Voluntary contributions, together with statutory government funding, are essential to continue providing these vital services.

Discover more about hospice care and our nine Marie Curie hospices.

Research and innovation

Marie Curie Cancer Care is committed to ensuring that patients have the best possible care - and to carrying out the research and development necessary to find out what the best possible care is and how to provide it.

Palliative care research

The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research and Development Unit seeks to improve care for those affected by life-limiting illnesses through encouraging and carrying out research.

Our work at the unit investigates a wide range of subjects and issues, including care of the dying in hospital accident and emergency departments; continuity of care for terminally ill patients; and the experiences of dementia patients and their carers.

Other research

Scientists funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care are at the forefront of cancer research. They focus on how the cells of our bodies should normally operate; what causes these processes to go wrong, leading to cancer; and how better treatments can be developed.

Much of the work carried out relates to the fundamental mechanisms governing proper cell division and organisation and how damage to genes which have important roles in ordinary cells can cause a cell to become cancerous.

Where next?

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