Useful Links

Find out more about services and advice available to you as a young person impacted by cancer.

Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information and advice for those affected by cancer. 

Teenage CancerTrust

Cancer care & services and for young people aged 13-24

CLIC Sargent

Provides vital emotional, practical and financial support to young cancer patients and families during and after treatment

Breast Cancer Now

Charity involved in breast cancer research and awareness for breast cancer. 

Youth Cancer Trust

Provides support and free activity holidays for young people (aged 14 to 30) diagnosed and living with cancer or any malignant disease, from anywhere in the UK. 

Bloodwise

They are here for everyone affected by blood cancer: whether it’s leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder; whether you’re a patient, family, friend or carer; whether you’re worried about symptoms, in the middle of treatment or adjusting to life afterwards.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.

Odyssey

A charity which runs activity courses for anyone over 18 who have been treated for cancer. The courses include a programme of outdoor challenges with physical, creative or artistic activities.

Cancer Buddies Network

 An online charity based support group designed to put you in touch with your cancer buddy so you can share the ups and downs, laughter and tears with someone who knows how it feels.

Trekstock Network

Providing social and practical support to young adults facing cancer in their 20s & 30s throughout the UK. They have an online network and host young people meet ups in various locations across the country. They also do Trekstock Talks video chats which brings together experts on a range of topics relevant to young adults living with cancer. 

Shine Cancer Support

Their mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone in their 20s, 30s or 40s diagnosed with any cancer. They do this through a range of activities including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring.

Younger Breast Cancer Network – YBCN

Facebook based network run by volunteers in the UK who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. You can access the invite-online private chat group via this public page.  Chat privately with other younger women from the UK/Ireland who’ve had a BC diagnosis & are 45 or under. 

The Male Breast Cancer Coalition

American based charity based to raising awareness about male breast cancer. Find stories, resources and a blog, amongst other things here. 

Beating Bowel Cancer

A support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

The Brain Tumour Charity

A charity providing information and support for anyone affected by brain tumours.

Victoria’s Promise

Provides support to younger women diagnosed with any cancer. Their services include counselling, beauty therapy and more.  They also provide the VP Network which puts on monthly meet ups in various locations. 

Ellie’s Friends

Provides ‘freebies’ to adults (16+) living with cancer, all around the UK. These have been donated in celebration of Ellie Jeffery, who wanted to make the Big C smaller. They provide frequent freebies from caring businesses and individuals, to offset some of the financial and psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Something to Look Forward To

A charity website for people with cancer and their families to access a variety of gifts generously donated by people and companies.Find anything from restaurant meals, hotel stays, beauty treatments, tickets for events and attractions…

Look Good Feel Better

Free confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are held across the UK for people undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Led by LGFB Beauty Volunteers, the sessions are an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation whilst being taught vital skills such as how to draw on missing eyebrows and eyelashes. They have also created lots of online tutorials for those who are unable to attend one of our sessions or who would like some extra advice.

Marie Curie UK

Care and support through terminal illness

Emotional Support & Mental Health

Mind

National mental health charity, which offer an excellent range of materials.

Mindfull

Mindfull is a brilliant new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is the Uk’s leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.

Calm

Targeted at young men aged 15-35, helpline and website to support young men with mental health issues.

Youth2Youth

The UK’s first national young person’s helpline, run by young people, for young people. (11-19 yr olds)

Anxiety UK

Helps all those suffering wth anxiety disorders.

No Panic

Helpline for anxiety disorders, panic attacks etc. Provides advice, counselling, listening, befriending and can make referrals.

Information & Advice

Cancer Research UK

Fund research to beat cancer sooner and provide cancer information to the public.

NHS

Trusted National Health Service website providing information about any illness. 

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Research and information about childhood cancer

Live Better With 

Make life a little bit better with 1000s of recommended products for people living with cancer. Also has a forum and blog with lots of tips from people living with cancer. 

Insurancewith 

Insurancewith was founded in 2007, when insurance professional Fiona Macrae was unable to find travel insurance at a reasonable price which also covered her cancer diagnosis. She founded Insurancewith with the aim of providing everyone with a medical condition with a fair and affordable travel insurance policy to cover their upcoming holidays. Telephone: 02038 293875. Email: insurancewith@infinityinsurance.co.uk

Working With Cancer

Provides one-to-one coaching and advice for you and can support your partner too. If you are employed, self-employed or a carer who is combining work with caring for someone with cancer and would like to know more then you can contact Working With Cancer for support.

13 Thirty Cancer Connect

Previously Teens Living with Cancer, a US site with facts around cancer, healthy living advice and support from others affected.

Fertility Preservation UK

A national non-profit organisation that aspires to ensure every young Briton exposed to fertility-risking treatment achieve their full potential for reproductive health and well-being

Coppafeel

‘We’re here to help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating you on the importance of getting to know your boobs!’

Family Support

Siblinks

Provides social, practical and emotional support to brothers, sisters and children of people with cancer.

The Osborne Trust

Provides children aged 16 years and under whose parent/s have cancer access to recreational activities during a parent/s treatment by funding up to 3 activities such as a cinema trip, play centre visit or a meal out. They also provide an Ozzy the Elephant stuffed toy for younger children and a diary for older children. 

RipRap

Provides support for teenagers who have parents with cancer. 

Relate

Provides relationship support and counselling in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Counselling sessions are paid for – costs depend on the counsellor. There’s also a free telephone counselling service.

Cruse

Provides bereavement support, either face-to-face or over the phone, from trained volunteers around the UK. Calls to this helpline are free.

Suggested reading:

Cancer, Fertility and Me Study

http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/cancerfertilityandme/

Exercising during cancer treatment
www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/exercise.aspx

Fighting Cancer Fatigue
www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/fatigue.aspx

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient – American Cancer Network
www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/stayingactive/physical-activity-and-the-cancer-patient

Are there exercise guidelines for cancer patients? – Cancer Research UK
www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/are-there-exercise-guidelines-for-cancer-patients

Benefits of being active – Macmillan
http://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/maintaining-a-healthy-lifestyle/keeping-active/benefits-of-being-active.html

Diet and cancer
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/diet-and-cancer