Marie Curie nurses provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes, and now care for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home. They also provide nurses for families and carers, who provide practical and emotional support.
With nine hospices across the UK, Marie Curie provides the largest number of hospice beds outside the NHS. The hospices offer specialist support in a relaxed, friendly and comfortable environment and no charge is ever made to patients or their families.
Marie Curie also funds cancer research. It runs the Marie Curie Research Institute, which investigates the causes and treatments of cancer and funds the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research and Development Unit, which seeks to improve care for those affected by life-limiting illnesses by researching a broad spectrum of issues relating to palliative care.
In 2015 Marie Curie rebranded, dropping Cancer Care from the end of its name and updating its logo, to emphasise that it helps people with all terminal illnesses.