Support organisations and links

Cancer Research UK

The largest cancer research organisation in the world. They fund research, promote education and provide psychological support for patients. They also produce high quality information for people affected by cancer and health professionals.

Phone: 020 7242 0200


Cancer Chat

This is Cancer Research UK's free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It's a safe space to talk to other people who are in similar situations and to find information and support.


Action Cancer

A Belfast-based charity that's been fighting cancer since 1973. They have a full-time clinic and mobile unit for early detection and screening and offer one-to-one counseling. Services are free.

Phone: 028 9080 3344


Macmillan Cancer Support

A provider of practical, medical and financial support for those affected by cancer. They provide many helpful booklets and run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice.

Phone: 0808 808 0000



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 groups or taking part in surveys or research.


Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

These Centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Highlands, Fife and Charing Cross Hospital, London, and soon at the Christie in Manchester, offer care and support to people affected by cancer. Each Centre is beside an NHS cancer hospital and is run by professional, specialist staff who can discuss any aspect of cancer. You can join a support group or take part in weekly sessions.


Marie Curie Cancer Care

You'll find 9 Centres (hospices) throughout the UK and a nationwide Marie Curie nursing service, providing free, hands-on care for patients in their own homes.

Phone: 0800 716 146


National Cancer Institute

A detailed American site full of information for both people with cancer and health professionals.


Penny Brohn Cancer Care

A provider of complementary care, known as The Bristol Approach, to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Phone: 0845 123 23 10


Tak Tent Cancer Support Scotland

Information, support, education and care for cancer patients, their relatives and health professionals. They also run a network of support groups throughout Scotland.

Phone: 0800 652 4531


Tenovus, the cancer charity

They provide an information service on all aspects of cancer, as well as practical and emotional support for cancer patients in Wales. You'll also find drop-in Tenovus cancer information at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff.

Phone: 0808 808 10 10


Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Providers of a cancer information helpline and an information and resource centre. They also promote public and professional education, provide rehabilitation programmes and support groups for patients and relatives.

Phone: 028 9066 3281


Health Talk Online

The cancer section of this website contains video and audio clips, so you can share the stories of people with a number of different types of cancer.


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Taking part in clinical trials:

Rarer Cancers Foundation

This website has lots of information, plus several message boards so people with less common cancers can get in touch. Friends and families of people with rarer cancers can also use the message boards to share their experiences.

Phone: 0800 334 5551

Jo's friends

A charitable support and information website for people with unknown primary cancer. CUP also aims to raise awareness and promote research. There is also a message board where you can talk to other people with unknown primary cancer.


Last updated: October 2021