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This page gives  information and links to various cancer support groups throughout the UK as well as other European and English speaking countries. To make the list easier to navigate, the support groups are divided into separate categories:- 


General UK cancer support groups:

The Afiya Trust (cancer support service for the black and  minority ethnic community) 
27-29 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SY
Main telephone: 020 7582 0400
Fax number: 020 7582 2552
Web site: http://afiyatrust.org.uk/


Bristol Cancer Help Centre
Grove House, Cornwallis Grove, Clifton
Bristol, BS8 4PG
Main telephone number: +44 (0) 117 980 9500
Fax number: +44 (0) 117 923 9184
Email: info@bristolcancerhelp.org
Web site: www.bristolcancerhelp.org





Cancerbackup Now Cancer relief Macmillan (see below)




Cancer Treatments International

Cancer Treatment.net is a comphrehensive resource for information about treatment for different types of cancer. They strive to provide accurate information and pathways to treatment. 






11-21 Northdown Street, 
London N1 9BN
Main telephone number: 020 7833 2818
Helpline phone number: 020 520 2603
Freephone helpline: 01808 808 0000
Fax number: 020 7833 4963
Email: cancerlink@cancerlink.org.uk 



Cancer Black Care (cancer support service for the black and  minority ethnic community)
79 Acton Lane, London, NW10 8UT
Main telephone number: 020 8961 4151
Fax number: 020 8 961 4152
Email: info@cancerblackcare.org
Web site: http://www.cancerblackcare.org/

Cancer Care Society
11 The Cornmarket, Romsey,
Hants SO51 8GB
Main telephone number: +44 (0) 1794 830300
Fax number: +44 (0) 1794 518133
Email: info@cancercaresoc.demon.co.uk
Web site: www.cancercaresoc.demon.co.uk


Cancer Equality (cancer support service for the black and  minority ethnic community)
27 - 29 Vauxhall grove, Vauxhall, 
London SW8 1SY
Main telephone number: 020 7735 7888
Fax number: 020 7820 1115
Web site: http://www.cancerequality.org.uk/

Cancer Research UK
P.O. Box 123, Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PX
Main telephone number: 020 7242 0200
Helpline telephone number: 020 7121 6699
Fax number: 020 7269 3100
Specialist cancer nurses: 020 7061 8355
Freephone helpline: 0800 226 237
Textphone: 0207 7061 8484
Web site: www.cancerresearchuk.org


Cancerwise UK

A holistic and lifestyle Support Centre 
CancerWise, Tavern House, 4 City Business Centre, Basin Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8DU
Telephone number is: 01243 778516


Casting for recovery

A group of cancer survivors using river fishing as a focus for getting together in the countryside .
PO Box 3611, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 3 BY 
email: info@castingforrecovery.org.uk
www. castingforrrecovery.org.uk


CLIC Sargent (children's cancer)
Horatio House
77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8JC
Main telephone number: 0300 330 0803
Fax number: 020 8752 2806
Freephone helpline: 0800 197 0068
Email: info@clicsargent.org.uk
Web site: www.cancerresearchuk.org


Macmillan CancerLine
89 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7UQ
Freephone helpline: 0808 808 2020
Textphone: 0808 808 0121
Email: cancerline@macmillan.org.uk
Web site: www.macmillan.org.uk


Marie Curie Cancer Care
89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP - England (head office)
Main telephone number: 020 7599 7777
Raglan Chambers, 63 Frogmore Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5AN -  Wales
Main telephone number: 01873 30 3000
29 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QN - Scotland
Main telephone number: 0131 456 3700
60 Knock Road, Belfast BT5 6LQ - Northern Ireland
Main telephone number: 028 9088 2060
Web site: http://www.mariecurie.org.uk

National Cancer Alliance
PO Box 579, Oxford OX4 1LB
Main telephone number: +44 (0) 1865 793566
Fax number: +44 (0) 1865 251050
Email: nationalcanceralliance@btinternet.com
Web site: www.nationalcanceralliance.co.uk


PAC Project (Positive Action on Cancer)
2a Market Place, Frome  
Somerset  BA11 1AG  
Main phone number: 01373 455 255 
Email: enquiries@positiveactiononcancer.co.uk 
Web site: www.positiveactiononcancer.co.uk


Cancer active has a quarterly magazine addressing a wide range of holistic and lifestyle issues related to cancer. It also has a useful website www.canceractive.com




UK cancer specific support groups:



Bladder Cancer

Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) 

Our priorities are:

Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) c/o ABC Secretariat Right Angle Communications Barley Mow Centre
10 Barley Mow Passage London W4 4PH
Main telephone number: +44 (0)20 3142 6491 or + 44 (0)20 3142 6490
Fax number: +44 (0)20 3070 0054
Email: abc@rightangleuk.com
Web site: www.actiononbladdercancer.org

Bowel (colorectal)

Bowel Cancer UK
7 Rickett Street, London, SW6 1RU - England
Main telephone number: 020 7381 9711
Helpline telephone number: 08708 50 60 50
Email (England): admin@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
20 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX - Scotland
Main telephone number: 0131 225 5333
Helpline telephone number: 08708 50 60 50
Email (Scotland): scotadmin@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Web site: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk


Beating Bowel Cancer
Harlequin House, 7 High St, Teddington
Middlesex, TW11 8EE
Main telephone number: 0208 973 0000
Specialist nurse advisory line: 0208 973 0011
Fax number: 020 8892 1008
Email: info@beatingbowelcancer.org
Forum: community.beatingbowelcancer.org
Web site: beatingbowelcancer.org


British Colostomy Association
15 Station Road, Reading,
Berkshire RG1 1LG
Main telephone number: 0118 939 1537
Fax number: 0118 956 9095
Helpline telephone number: 0800 328 4257
Email: sue@bcass.org.uk
Web site: http://www.bcass.org.uk



Against Breast Cancer (ABC)
B363 Curie Avenue, Harwell Business Centre
Oxford, OX11 0RA
Telephone number: 0870 7744288
Fax number: 01235 820506
Email: info@aabc.org.uk
Web site: http://www.aabc.org.uk


Breast Cancer Care
Kiln House, 210 New Kings Road
London, SW6 4NZ
Main telephone number: 0207 384 2984
Helpline telephone number: 0808 800 6000
Fax number: 0207 384 3387
Email: uk@breastcare.co.uk, bcc@breastcancercare.org.uk
Web site: www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Keeping A Breast

A breast cancer support group http://www.keepingabreast.org.uk/ 

Information about our local branch: www.meetup.com/Keeping-Abreast-Bedford


Breast Care Campaign
Blythe Hall, 100 Blythe Road,
London, W14 0HB
Main telephone number: 020 7371 1510
Helpline telephone number: 0207 371 4598


Breast Cancer Haven
Effie Road
London, SW6 1TB
Main telephone number: 020 7384 0099 
Fax number: 020 7384 0001
Email: info@breastcancerhaven.org.uk
Web site: www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk


Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline
Information Centre, St Anne's Cottage
Over Haddon, Derby, DE45 1JE
Main telephone number: 01629 813000
Email: canhelp@btopenworld.com




Ali's Dream ( childhood brain tumours)
30 Hermitage Way, Stanmore
Middlesex, HA7 2AY
Main telephone number: 020 8863 6068
Email: info@alisdream.org.uk
Web site: www.alisdream.org.uk


UK Brain Tumour Society
6 Queen Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7BB
Main telephone number: 0845 450 0386
Fax number: 0845 450 0386
Email: enquiries@ukbts.org.uk
Web site: http://www.ukbts.org.uk


Brain Tumour Foundation
PO Box 123, Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire, GL20 7YT
Main telephone number: 01684 290439
Fax number: 01684 290439
Email: btf.uk@virgin.net


Brain Tumour Action
124 Crewe Road South
Edinburgh, EH4 2NY
Main telephone number: 0131 315 7299
Helpline number: 0131 466 3116
Email: lorraine@braintumouraction.org.uk
Web site: www.braintumouraction.org.uk


Brain and Spine Foundation

3.36 Canterbury Court, Kennington Park, 1-3 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6DE 
Main telephone number: 0808 808 1000
Email: info@brainandspine.org.uk 
Web site: http://www.brainandspine.org.uk


Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust
Century House, High Street, Hartley Wintney
Hampshire RG27 8NY
Fax number: 0845 130 9744
Helpline number: 0845 130 9733
Email: patientinfo@sdbtt.co.uk, enquiries@sdbtt.co.uk
Web site: http://www.sdrt.co.uk



Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A voluntarily run the group who meet every other month on a Wednesday evening at
The Education Centre on Euston Road, NW1 
They offer support, friendship and information to women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer.  and we would love to reach out to more women who have had this experience.
Email: joscentrallondongroup@gmail.com



The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
200 London Road , Liverpool,
Merseyside, L3 9TA
Main telephone number: (+44) 0871 220 5426
Helpline number: 0800 358 7200
Fax number: (+44) 0871 220 5427
Email: foundation@roycastle.liv.ac.uk 
Web site: http://www.roycastle.org



The Lymphoma Association
P O Box 386
Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 2GA
Main telephone number: 01296 619400
Freephone helpline: 0808 808 5555
Email: information@lymphoma.org.uk
Web site: http://www.lymphoma.org.uk/



Kidney Cancer UK
PO Box 2473, Uttoxeter, ST14 8WZ 
Main telephone number: 01889 565801
Email: julienash@kcuk.org
Web site: http://www.kcuk.org/

Kidney Support Network

www.kidneycancersupportnetwork.co.uk & www.jameswhalefund.org
working together for  Kidney cancer  patients, survivors and  their families.
Please join our patient forum for friendship, support and up to date information.

Contact - 07896.882084   

 Email - contact@kidneycancersupportnetwork.co.uk



Mesothelioma Attorneys Legal help for victims of asbestos cancer, known as mesothelioma 

National Mesothelioma Lawyers

Mesothelioma support group

PleuralMesothelioma.com (A web site which among other useful information has links to a free about a book by Paul Kraus a Mesothelioma survivor).





Elizabeth Garret Anderso Hospital, Huntley Street,
London WC1E 6DH
Main telephone number: 020 7380 9589
Fax number: 020 7380 9877
Email: ovacome@ovacome.org.uk
Web site: http://www.ovacome.org.uk/Home



Prostate Cancer UK

Confidential helpline 0800 074 8383 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prostatecanceruk 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/prostateuk Prostate Cancer UK (formerly known as The Prostate Cancer Charity) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). 
A company limited by guarantee registered number 2653887 (England and Wales). VAT number 905 9415 18.Registered office: First Floor, Cambridge House, 100 Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 0LE

Prostate Cancer Network
A support group run by patients for patients and covering the South of England from Eastbourne to Bournemouth and surrounding areas. 
Chairman Roger Bacon
PO Box 66,
Hants, PO10 7ZP
HELP LINE: 0845 650 2555


Carers support groups:


Carers UK
20-25 Glasshouse Yard, London  EC1A 4JT 
Main telephone number: 020 7490 8818
Helpline telephone number: 0808 808 7777
Fax number: 020 7490 8824
Email: info@carersuk.org
Web site: www.carersuk.org


Carers Scotland
91 Mitchell Street, Glasgow  G1 3LN
Main telephone number: 0141 221 9141
Helpline telephone number: 0808 808 7777
Email: info@carerscotland.org
Web site: www.carerscotland.org


Carers Wales
River House, Ynsbridge Court, Gwaelod-y-Garth
Cardiff CF15 9SS
Main telephone number: 029 2081 1370
Helpline telephone number: 0808 808 7777
Email: info@carerswales.org
Web site: www.carerswales.org


Carers Northern Ireland
58 Howard Street, Belfast BT1 6PJ
Main telephone number: 028 9043 9843
Helpline telephone number: 0808 808 7777
Email: info@carersni.org
Web site: www.carersni.org


Carers in Bedfordshire
The Goldington Centre, 10 Barkers Lane,
Bedford MK41 9SJ
Main telephone number: 01234 214 914
Email: contact@carersinbeds.co,uk
Web site: http://www.carersinbeds.co.uk/



International cancer support groups:


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Main telephone number: (1) 212-639-2000
Helpline number: (1) 212-639-4900
Freephone helpline: 888-675-7722
Email: publicaffairs@mskcc.org
Web site: http://www.mskcc.org



National Cancer Institute
Web site: http://www.cancer.gov


American Cancer Society
Web site: http://www.cancer.org

Roots and wings 
A  small organization which helps people look at cancer through a new light. We motivate people to thrive and not survive cancer as we believe that cancer is a life altering experience. http://www.cancerawakens.com 


Academic and research organisations

Imperial cancer research fund - General information about cancer, including causes, prevention and treatment.

Gray Laboratories - A laboratory based in North London researching Radiotherapy and molecular biology.

The Institute of Cancer Research - One of the largest research institutes in the UK - it is affiliated with the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Cancer Research Campaign

Imperial Cancer Research Fund

Cancer Group Institute
Founded in 1961, this resource from Dr. Jonathan Stillwell is an excellent provider of cancer information.

Cansearch a guide to cancer resources- American guide to help with your search for vital information about cancer. Useful for both patients and families..

Clinical trials in Cancer Research - information for patients. Information for cancer sufferers who are taking part in, or about to take part in, clinical trials. The University of Bonn's medical centre (their spelling) recycles the info from the German National Cancer Institute. The site is in English

Institute of Food Research. Company registered as a charity, with labs at Norwich and Reading, with 500 staff doing high-powered research on food and health (eg: broccoli, cauli and sprouts may protect you against cancer)

Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer

www.ucl.ac.uk/oncology University College London - Oncology - scientific and medical cancer research


Complementary medicine organisations


The Royal Hospital for Intergrated Medicinel  The UK's only NHS complementary medicine Hospital.

Bagnall Centre for Integrated Healthcare71-79 Waterside, Chesham HP5 1PE. Call us on 01494 791288 

The Pennty Brohn Bristol cancer helpline. A unit which brings together holistic healthcare practitioners for mutual support and personal and professional development. Publications include self-help books and tapes ranging from breathing and relaxation to medication and diet.

 The National Cancer Institute alternative medicine web sites. A web site established by the NCI

 A web site sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute. A web site built in association with the NCI

Gearson therapy. This homepage is the largest and most comprehensive source of alternative and holistic medicines including information.


Self help books

Lifestyle after Cancer - the facts 2011 edition

Cancer a caregiver's view - 2011 edition

Tips to reduce family arguments

General lifestyle, exercise and healthy living groups


www.workoutathome.co.uk Workout at home - Hate the gym? Want to lose weight? Need motivation then let the gym come to you. Kind regards, Jason Korinek T: 02920 460732 M: 07792 071810 E: info@workoutathome.co.uk

Michael Scott Personal Training is a Kent based personal training service dedicated to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. Lose Weight, Build Muscle or Tone Up with Michael in the Gym, home, place of work or even local park. URL : http://www.personalfitnesstrainingkent.co.uk 


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