Cancer Support – You are not alone

Despite the uncertainty we are all now living with you are not alone, there are a number of services available to support you, your friends and family during this challenging time.

If you have been affected by cancer or are a relative or friend of someone who has, the information below highlights the support available. We also want to stress that GP surgeries are open and if you have any symptoms that you are worried about please contact your practice and discuss this with them. Tests can still be arranged if needed and hospital reviews are still happening. The earlier cancer is caught the better our chance of beating it! Symptoms may include losing weight without trying, a new lump found on your body or blood in your poo. To find out more about cancer symptoms you can speak to a health professional or visit the NHS Be Clear On Cancer webpage.

Support numbers:

Macmillan Support line – for people with cancer or living with the effects of cancer and their loved ones. Advice also available for emotional and financial support: 0808 808 00 00 open 7 days a week 8am-8pm. (online chat and email also available).

Macmillan Buddies Scheme – If you are living with cancer, this scheme matches you with a buddy who will provide a weekly call of support. You can sign up by visiting the Macmillan telephone buddies webpage

Cancer Nurses – Cancer Research UK also offer support for any cancer related questions, their cancer nurses can be reached on – 0808 800 40 40.

Boots Pharmacists and Beauty advisors – If you have queries around medication please speak to your boots Macmillan information pharmacist. Boots have also teamed with No7 to provide a virtual beauty service which will provide you with make-up and skincare tips following any visible side effects form your cancer treatment. Visit the Macmillan website for more information on these beauty advisors. 

Keep Active at Home – Online work-outs are available which you can join in on your own or with other family or friends. Visit the Macmillan Work-in Workouts page for more.

National Garden Scheme Gardens can be a place of calm and help improve our mental and physical wellbeing. This scheme allows you to take virtual tours and obtain useful gardening tips. Get more information on the National Open Garden Scheme on their website.

FREE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING TEST/ FIT TEST Bowel screening test – If you are aged 60 – 74 you should receive a kit in the post to check your poo. It is really important that you follow the instructions provided and send it back as instructed. This test looks for blood, if it is picked up in your test it can be a sign of bowel cancer, the earlier this is detected the better chance we have of beating the cancer. If you have any questions please visit: the NHS bowel cancer screening page or call the free bowel cancer helpline on 0800 707 60 60.