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Resources and books

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.

Bone cancer support organisations

This organistaion provides information, support and counselling for people with primary bone cancer and their families. They promote reseach into the causes and treatment of primary bone cancer in particular osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. 

Telephone: 0113 258 5934

Email: info@bcrt.org.uk

Sarcoma UK supports people with bone or soft tissue sarcomas. They have a website, an email support network and produce a newsletter. 

Telephone: 020 7250 8271

Email: info@sarcoma.org.uk

ROHBTS is a self help group for parents of children with bone cancer. They have now extended their support to all parents that are treated at Woodlands (ROH) as well as offering support for adults with sarcoma.

Telephone: 0121 685 4000

General support organisations

Macmillan Cancer Support

This charity gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer. 

Macmillan Cancer Support produce a wide range of booklets, factsheets, leaflets and CDs about cancer and its treatment, in various languages. They also provide information for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Their helplines give advice on cancer and benefits.They also have an online community group for people aged 16 to 24 who are living with cancer.

Tel: 0808 808 0000

This national charity provides specialist units, support, education and information for teenagers with cancer and their families. They also fund research into young people's cancers.

The Trust holds annual conferences for teenagers with cancer and the health professionals who look after them.

The Limbless Association produces a quarterly magazine and publications. It provides information and advice for people of all ages who have had amputations or who suffer a congential limb loss. 

Telephone: 01245 216 670

Helpline: 0800 644 0185

Email: enquires@limbless-association.org

This charity provides practical, clinical, financial and emotional support for children, young people and their families affected by cancer. 

Telephone: 0300 330 0803

Along with a comic book line, jumohealth produces other products such as podcasts, videos, and games. They are all designed to help children, their parents and carers learn more about their health condition.

REACH offers support for families of children with deformities of, or diffuculty using, their hands or arms. They support research into the causes and treatment of upper limb deficiency.

Telephone: 0845 130 6225

Email: reach@reach.org.uk

This commercial company makes waterproof coverings for dressings or casts on the arms or legs. This means you can go swimming, take a bath or shower without worrying. They can also be used to cover PICC lines. Ask your specialist or nurse about getting one on the NHS or you can buy direct from the company. 

Telephone: 0870 041 0150

Email: enquires@autonomed.co.uk

The Disabled Living Foundation run a national helpline, an email and letter advisory service. They also have an equipment demonstration centre that can provide solutions for independent living. 

Helpline: 0300 999 0004 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Telephone: 020 7289 611

Email: helpline@dlf.org.uk

This national disability organisation has an information and advice service. They campaign for the rights of disabled people. 

Telephone: 020 7250 8181 (Monday to Friday 10am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4pm)

Email: enquires@disabilityrightsuk.org

Books about bone cancer

Is a comic book for 8 to 15 year olds produced by Medikidz. It explains bone cancer (osteosarcoma). 

Mary Self and Rod Chaytor

Publisher: Harper collins, Nov 2002

ISBN: 0007115628

This is a story of one woman's fight with bone cancer. Mary Self was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1983. After an above the knee amputation and chemotherapy her cancer seemed cured. In 1999 her cancer came back. She had more treatment. But her doctors weren't hopeful the cancer would respond. She went on to beat the cancer. She is convinced that her faith helped her. 

Books about cancer and treatment

Judith Mackay

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, 1998

ISBN: 1572240709

A guide that readers say they have found helpful. It Contains information about cancer treatment and tips to help you through treatment. 

Videos of people's stories

Find out about the experience of living with and beyond cancer by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Healthtalk’s researchers created a library of interviews with people who have survived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.

Find out what people said about issues such as lifestyle choices, physical effects and the impact on work and family.

Go to the HealthTalk website

Find local cancer support and information services

NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.

Go to NHS choices website 

Information and help

Dangoor sponsorship

About Cancer generously supported by Dangoor Education since 2010.