The trauma of cancer - A cancer diagnosis is an extremely traumatic time, both for the individual and the surrounding family. Those affected may feel overwhelmed, afraid and will likely need emotional and practical support. Accurate information about the type of diagnosis will help sufferers come to terms with and prepare for the challenges that await.
The person diagnosed may require care and treatment at home, which can sometimes be a demanding role. Guidance is particularly important in this regard and can enable families to provide their loved ones with effective care and attention.
Fortunately, there is plenty of help and information available. There are a number of charities and organisations that provide support in the form of telephone help-lines, face-to-face counselling and online help. Below, we've provided a selection of some of these resources.
Find counselling for dealing with Cancer
Help for cancer sufferers
Cancer Back Up - 0808 800 1234
They offer a free-phone helpline for people diagnosed or affected by cancer. Lines are manned by trained nurses and counsellors who provide emotional and practical support for dealing with cancer of all types.
Macmillan Cancer Relief Cancer Line - 0808 808 2020
This charity provides a free telephone service that offers help and advice for cancer sufferers and their families. Advisors also provide information and cancer-related resources. Lines are open 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday.
Cancer treatment resources
A registered charity, set up to help people come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. The site has a wealth of information and advice, intended to help people deal with their illness. They provide their own cancer counselling services and also work in conjunction with the NHS.