How can we help?

If you live in Wessex, you should receive personalised advice and cancer care that works for you.

Cancer services should provide the best possible experience, outcome and quality of life for everybody.

Using this website

Language – You can change the language of every page of this website by using the Google Translate button at the top of the page. Simply select your preferred language from the dropdown list.

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Easy Read – If you prefer to see cancer information in Easy Read format, and would like to access Macmillan’s library of Easy Read documents: Visit our Easy Read page

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Need to speak to someone?

If you are feeling anxious and need to speak to someone, the Macmillan Cancer Support Line is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week on 0808 808 0000

Macmillan also offers Online Chat and Email services. If you are hard of hearing or deaf, you can ask for a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter call to be set up.

Your experience of living with cancer is unique to you. The information and support you need depend on your own circumstances.

Here is a list of organisations that specialise in types of cancer. You may find that they provide information that is more relevant to you. Some can give you access to an online community of people who will understand more about what you are going through.

Find an organisation to meet your needs

Anthony Nolan – https://www.anthonynolan.org/ (blood cancer)

Blood Cancer UK – https://bloodcancer.org.uk/

Bowel Cancer UK – https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Breast Cancer Care – https://breastcancernow.org/

The Eve Appeal – https://eveappeal.org.uk/  (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers)

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – https://www.jostrust.org.uk/

Kidney Cancer UK – https://www.kcuk.org.uk/

Leukaemia Care – https://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/

Myeloma UK – https://www.myeloma.org.uk/

Orchid – https://orchid-cancer.org.uk/  (testicular, prostate and penile cancers)

Pancreatic Cancer UK – https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/

Prostate Cancer UK – https://prostatecanceruk.org/

Roy Castle Lung Foundation – https://roycastle.org/

Sarcoma UK – https://sarcoma.org.uk/

Shine Cancer Support – https://shinecancersupport.org/ (young adults)

Target Ovarian Cancer – https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/

Teenage Cancer Trust – https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/

The Youth Cancer Trust – https://www.youthcancertrust.org/

Find the information you need

Whatever your circumstances, if you have questions about cancer you may find the answers using the index of links below.

What is cancer and how is it diagnosed?

I want to find out more about:

  • What cancer is
  • Who I might meet in the hospital when I go for tests
  • How they test for cancer and what is involved (with videos)
  • Getting my test results

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How is cancer treated, and what care is available?

I want to find out more about:

  • Who I might meet in the hospital during and after treatment
  • How cancer is assessed (staging and grading)
  • My treatment options and who is involved
  • Common types of treatment and what is involved
  • The side effects of treatment
  • Follow-up care and what to do if cancer returns
  • Online healthcare
  • How my individual needs will be met
  • Who will be reviewing my care in future

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What help is available for people living with cancer?

I want to find out more about:

  • Ongoing support after treatment
  • The emotional impact of cancer, and how to talk about it
  • Cancer support groups and how they can help
  • The physical effects of cancer, including body image, relationships and nutrition
  • The financial impact of cancer, and how I can get help with work or childcare
  • National cancer charities, organisations and communities for specific cancers

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How will I know where to go for my hospital appointment?

I want to find out more about:

  • Travelling to my local hospital, including patient taxis
  • Parking at the hospital
  • Where to go on arrival at the hospital
  • Who to speak to at the hospital if I need help

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How can I live a healthier lifestyle?

I want to find out more about:

  • How to stop smoking
  • How to eat a more healthy diet
  • How to be more active
  • How to drink less alcohol
  • Organisations who can support me to achieve my health goals

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Read the WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE and HOW of cancer screening

I want to find out more about:

  • What will happen at my cervical screening appointment (smear test)
  • How to use the bowel testing kit I have received in the post
  • What will happen at my breast screening appointment

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Cancer Care Map

Support can be a lifeline for people affected by cancer. There are a broad range of services available in the Wessex area and further afield.

Cancer Care Map is a simple, free, online resource to help you find cancer support services near you.

To find support groups and services in your local area, click on the Cancer Care Map logo and enter your postcode in the search box. You can refine your search for more specific services, or browse the types of services available.

About Cancer Matters Wessex

How can I give feedback about my experience of cancer care?

If you can’t find what you are looking for, or want to ask a question, please contact us using this form

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