Cancer resources

The following cancer charities and organisations provide information, resources and support that you may find helpful;

The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Group are a nationwide Head and Neck Cancer Charity. The Swallows was formed by like-minded cancer patients to help and support fellow sufferers and their carers. The organisation provides information about Head and Neck Cancer, a 24/7 patient and carer support line, latest news and much more.

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust is the first national charity in the UK dedicated solely to the support of patients with thyroid cancer. To those who seek it, they can offer information, support and encouragement (but not medical advice). They provide a helpline, as well as a website full of information, news, resources and links to other organisations.

Brainstrust Through their history, and the 10 years of listening to the people they support, they know what it feels like, and what challenges you face when you are diagnosed with a brain tumour. They have excellent resources on their website, particularly their Guide to Proton Beam Therapy

Beating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Tackle Prostate Cancer is the only patient-led UK-wide charity representing people with prostate cancer and those who care for them.

Lymphoma Out Loud is a network offering information and support amongst like-minded individuals and family members supporting those experiencing lymphoma. Lymphoma Out Loud is an education and awareness initiative for the under 3o’s. #BeBodyBrave

Cancer On Board, founded by James McNaught, took inspiration from TFL’s Baby On Board badges, whilst he was undergoing cancer treatment. Treatment that left him exhausted, weak and gradually, unable to speak. And so the Cancer On Board badge was born. The charity focuses on the immediate need of making journeys to and from treatment a little more bearable.

Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) If you’re referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor, dentist or another health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).

The Pelvic Radiation Disease Association is a UK charity focused on supporting anyone with long term side effects of pelvic radiotherapy (Pelvic Radiation Disease), no matter how long ago their cancer treatment was. They have an online support community for people to ask questions and share problems, as well as a telephone helpline. PRDA also provides advice for professionals who manage people with PRD symptoms.

Radiotherapy and Me What’s it like to have radiotherapy? Here you’ll find people talking about their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Their stories are honest, uniquely personal and touch on what matters to all of us.