Support groups

The Neil Cliffe Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital offers holistic support for people living with cancer, their families and carers. It is run by a team of healthcare professionals, nurses, therapists and counsellors. All services are free of charge. Drop in at the centre any weekday between 10am and 4pm, or phone for advice.

Neil Cliffe centre
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
Manchester M23 9LT

  • Telephone: 0161 291 2912

The Beechwood 'Positive Living Programme', in Stockport, is open Monday to Friday from 8-30am to 4-30pm and supports people with cancer and their carers. All services - including complementary therapies and sessions aimed at helping to develop new coping skills - are free of charge.

Beechwood Cancer Care Centre
Chelford Grove,

CALL offers home support for patients and carers in:

  • Stockport (0161-480 5464)
  • Trafford (0161-747 2452)
  • South Manchester (0161-291 2911)
  • North and Central Manchester (0161 205 8446)
  • Salford (0161-205-8446)
  • Helpline: 0845 123 23 29 (local Call)

Being diagnosed with cancer is always a shock but, for younger women, the less common secondary cancer will probably be even more unexpected. But they don't have to feel isolated. There are other women of the same age who are coping … and chatting really can help. You can:

  • reduce feelings of isolation
  • support each other
  • learn from each other - everyone has different experiences to offer
  • exchange information on complimentary therapies and sources of support
  • have fun!

We meet on the 1st Friday of each month from 1-2pm at the Christie Information Centre - professionally supported by a counsellor and Macmillan nurse who provide a great wealth of experience and access to other support mechanisms. And more members means even more perspectives and new ideas on living positively with cancer.

Contact us through the Macmillan breast care nurses at The Christie on 0161 446 3996

Cancerbackup helps people to live with cancer by providing information and emotional support for patients, their families and health professionals. 

Cancer Support Macmillan Fund is a national charity, working with the NHS, devoted to ensuring the best possible quality of life for people with cancer and their families from the point of diagnosis.

Contact details and links to self-help websites, on all conditions, throughout the UK, are available on their website

If you have had radiotherapy to your pelvis because of your cancer and would like to meet others who have had similar treatment and are experiencing all sorts of unfamiliar problems, you are welcome to come along to our newly formed support group set up for exactly that reason.

It is often a relief to talk about your treatment and any problems associated with it and often we can help each other with the things that have helped us. We are a new group of people from all walks of life with this one thing in common. We are planning to meet every 3 to 4 months to start with, here at the Christie and you will be very welcome to come along and join us.

To find out when our next meeting is planned, please contact:

  • Ben Heyworth
  • 07917 628 672 or
  • Martine Tempest Mitchell
  • 0161 918 7127.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Come along to our free monthly meet-ups for a chance to chat and share experiences with others with a secondary diagnosis. You'll be able to talk openly with people who understand what it means to live with secondary breast cancer. It's also a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge as we run longer sessions with guest expert speakers every other month. Topics include pain management, fatigue, benefits, and an 'Ask the nurse' session with a clinical nurse specialist.

You can attend as few or as many sessions as you like. Refreshments are provided, including lunch at the longer sessions. All sessions are facilitated by a counsellor and questions and discussions are welcome.

Once a year we run an 'overview of secondary breast cancer' day. This provides an update on available treatments, information on fatigue, details of additional support and the chance to participate in a relaxation session.

Living with Secondary Breast Cancer runs on the third Wednesday of each month from 11am in central Manchester. For more details or to book a place call: