There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.
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.
We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through our website, which includes patient information and news and resources, and through our range of health awareness leaflets.
If you have a question about cancer, and you are in the UK or Ireland, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses.
If you would like to talk to someone affected by cancer, share experiences or find information, you can visit our Cancer Chat forum.
Helpline: 0808 800 40 40
Admin phone number: 020 7242 0200
Transplant support organisations
Anthony Nolan runs one of the largest bone marrow donor databases in the world. It has regional centres which are listed on its website.
It is looking for people in good health aged 16–30 to join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register. In particular, it needs young men from black and minority ethnic communities.
Tel : 0303 303 0303
Delete Blood Cancer UK
This charity aims to increase the number of people registered as potential stem cell donors to increase the number of lives saved with blood cancer treatments. The organisation raises awareness of the blood stem cell registry and how people can potentially save a life by joining it. It works with patients and families who are searching for matching blood stem cell donors by supporting their appeals and recruitment events.
On the website, you can register and request a cheek swab kit to enable you to join the register.
Tel: 020 8747 5620
The National Blood Service
The National Blood Service runs the blood donation scheme and organises the supply of blood products. They also run the British Bone Marrow Register (BBMR).
Tel : 0300 123 23 23
Bloodwise sponsors research into leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It also provides patient information booklets and leaflets that you can download or order from their website.
Bloodwise used to be called Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Tel: 0808 2080 888 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
The American National Cancer Institute has a section about transplants. On American websites, not all the information is relevant for a UK audience.