Cancer help and advice

There are many national charities and NHS organisations offering help and advice to anyone affected by cancer. If you are searching the internet for information it is best to stick to recognised organisations such the NHS or charities like Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. Information from other sources may be misleading or even incorrect. Some of the large disease-specific charities, e.g. Breast Cancer Care are also very good.

See the list below for links to reliable sources of advice on cancer treatments and support:

NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk
Macmillan – www.macmillan.org.uk
CRUK – www.cancerresearchuk.org

Support for your cancer

If you are looking for a support group for a specific type of cancer please click on our map so see what is available to you, see our Support Group Directory

Information Prescriptions

You can get personalised information specific to your cancer type, treatment and current concerns. This can be issued by your hospital or GP or you can access it yourself online.

Further advice

Other good sources of information for patients and carers are your Key Worker, Clinical Nurse Specialist, GP or Consultant.

There are Cancer Information Centres in many areas, often attached to hospitals. These hold information on issues of concern to cancer patients, from treatments and side effects to financial and employment problems or worries about talking to children and family members. They are generally staffed by specialist nurses with a background in cancer support and are open to anyone concerned about cancer. You do not need to be a patient at the hospital to use them.

Some areas also have Cancer Information and Support Centres run by local charities, such as The Big C Centre in Norwich or the Mary Wallace and the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre in Cambridge. These will be listed under Local Information 

Many public libraries hold collections of literature from Macmillan Cancer Support. These should be easy to spot without having to ask, and you will be able to take away whatever leaflets you need. Other sources of advice include the Citizens Advice Bureau and welfare/benefits advice surgeries.

Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question. Healthcare professionals and those involved in supporting cancer patients will have heard them all before and will just want to make sure all your concerns are addressed. Some people like to write down a list of questions before seeing their healthcare professional to help them remember all they need to ask.

However, if you have serious healthcare concerns do not wait for your next appointment but contact your Key Worker, GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

If you are a cancer patient your hospital or Key Worker should give you a list of emergency contact numbers – remember to keep this in a safe place.