A cancer diagnosis is extremely traumatic, both for the individual and the family. Those affected will likely feel overwhelmed and afraid.
So emotional and practical cancer support is going to be very important. Scroll down for more information about the kinds of help available.
Cancer Charities and Organisations
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.
Cancer counselling is intended to provide sufferers with support and to help them address some of the issues they will encounter during their illness. Charitable organisations such as the Cancer Counselling Trust provide information about the help and support available.
- British Psychological Society – Find a Psychologist
- Cancer Research – Counselling
- Cancer Counselling Trust
- It’s Good to Talk – Find a Therapist
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.
Breast Cancer Care – 0808 800 6000
A charity committed to providing the best treatment, information and support to sufferers of breast cancer. Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm during the week and 10am to to 2pm on Saturdays.