I have had an aweful time getting help to deal with cancer, but I hope that is not the case for everyone. Below is a list of useful contacts for getting support and help with cancer, even if your a family member, friend, carer or just anyone who is going through cancer with someone.
The info below was originally provided by Cancer Research UK
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. It provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.
The organisation provides booklets on cancer and treatments and runs a helpline that gives cancer information and benefits advice.
89 Albert Embankment
Phone: 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm – information is available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121
Action Cancer is the major cancer information and support charity in Northern Ireland. It has a full-time clinic and mobile unit for early detection and screening and offers one-to-one counselling. Services are free.
Action Cancer also funds a leading research team at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster.
Address: 1 Marlborough Park
Phone: 028 9080 3344
CancerVOICES is a UK wide network of people affected by cancer, supported by Macmillan Cancer Support. It can help you use your experience of cancer to help shape the future of cancer care. This might be through getting involved in local or national groups or taking part in surveys or research.
Maggie’s is a national charity with centres across the UK. It offers care and support to people affected by cancer. Each Centre is beside an NHS cancer hospital and is run by specialist staff.
You can join a support group, take part in weekly sessions like relaxation and stress management or learn about nutrition and health.
Western General Hospital
Phone: 0300 123 1801
89, Albert Embankment
Phone: 0800 716 146
Runs 9 centres (hospices) throughout the UK, and a nationwide Marie Curie nursing service, providing hands-on care for patients in their own homes throughout the day or night, free of charge.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the US organisation for cancer research. It has information about all types of cancer.
Penny Brohn UK
A UK based centre that offers a programme of complementary care (The Bristol Whole Life Approach) to people with cancer and their loved ones. They can give you information about appropriate, balanced and nutritious diets for people with cancer.
Chapel Pill Lane
Helpline: 0303 3000 118 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5pm)
Cancer Support Scotland
Cancer Support Scotland Centre
75 Shelley Road
Phone: 0141 337 8199 or Freephone 0800 652 4531
Offers information, support, education and care for cancer patients, their relatives and friends, and health professionals. Network of support groups throughout Scotland.
Tenovus Cancer Care
Ty Glas road
Provides an information service on all aspects of cancer, and practical and emotional support for cancer patients and their families. Freephone Cancer Helpline staffed by nurses, social worker and counsellor. Drop-in Tenovus cancer information at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff CF14 2TL. Online community to talk to other people affected by cancer.
Freephone helpline 0808 808 1010
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
40-44 Eglantine Avenue
Provides a cancer information helpline, information and resource centre, public and professional education. Rehabilitation programmes and support groups for patients and relatives.
Health Talk Online
The cancer section of this website contains video and audio clips of people with the main types of cancer, so that you can share in their stories.
- an adult cancer section at www.healthtalkonline.org/Cancer
- a teenage cancer section at www.youthhealthtalk.org
- a section about taking part in clinical trials at www.healthtalkonline.org/medical_research/clinical_trials
The Cancer Counselling Trust
The Cancer Counselling Trust has now closed but their website gives details of other organisations that provide counselling services. It also has some useful information and links for people affected by cancer.