Overseas cancer organisations
This is a list of cancer organisations in countries outside the UK, which may be helpful to you. We have listed them by country in alphabetical order.
The information is based on how the organisations describe themselves on their websites. They provide different levels of cancer information and some may provide support only. We have included email addresses when they are available, but not all of these organisations may be able to offer a detailed answer to a medical question about cancer. We recommend that you look at each organisation’s own website before sending them an email enquiry.
We have indicated which languages are used on their websites. In some situations we are able to indicate when specific services are offered in different languages.
All contact details were accurate when this list was compiled.
These organisations are not affiliated to Cancer Research UK and so we are not responsible for the quality of any information or support they provide.
You can use these links to go straight down to organisations in
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Other international cancer organisations
The Cancer Council Australia
Provides a telephone helpline and online information for people with cancer. They also have an online support community where you can share experiences and find support.
The Barbados Cancer Society
Provides counselling to patients and their relatives, and has a hospice outreach program to support patients in their homes. Also provides information on early detection and prevention of cancer.
Bulgarian Cancer Association
Provides support, education and advocacy for people affected by cancer in Bulgarian. Gives contact details of support groups in over 30 locations.
Str. Seliolu 26
The Canadian Cancer Society
Provides telephone, email and online information in French and English for people with cancer. They also have an online community for people to share their experiences.
55 St. Clair Avenue West
Eesti Vähiliit (Estonian Cancer Society)
Provides information and support for people with cancer. Information on their website is in Estonian, Russian and English.
La federation UNICANCER
(The French Federation of Comprehensive Cancer Centres)
Provides links to online information for people with cancer in French.
Cancer Support France
Provides support in English to people in France.
Phone: 0800 240 200 (24hr answer phone) After a brief announcement in French you will be transferred to an answer phone and they will aim to return your call within 24 hours.
Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid)
Provides advice and information for people with cancer in German, including booklets that you can download from the website.
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Centre)
A national cancer research organisation that provides information to people affected by cancer. Has a helpful website and phone information service.
Cancer Patients Aid Association
Provides information and support to people with cancer. Has branches in several cities. Information on their website is in English.
The Indian Cancer Society
The society provides food, medicines, transport, prostheses and counselling to cancer patients. It has branches and affiliated groups in many towns and cities. Information on their website is in English.
Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) (National Cancer Council)
Provides support and information for people with cancer.
Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia (National Cancer Society of Malaysia)
Provides an email, telephone and drop in service for people with cancer in Bahasa, Melayu, English, Chinese and Tamil. Also runs support groups, and offers medical services.
Cancer Association of Namibia
Provides information and support for people with cancer including care at home and financial advice. Also provides information through email and telephone. The information on their website is in English.
Phone: (264) 61 237 740
KWF Kankerbestrijding (The Dutch Cancer Society)
Provide online and telephone information in Dutch for people with cancer. There is also some information about the organisation in English on the website.
Cancer Society of New Zealand
Provides funding for research into the causes and treatment of cancer. They provide information in English and support for people with cancer and their families. They also have an online chat forum and telephone patient to patient support service.
Kreftforeningen (Norwegian Cancer Society)
Provide support, information, and an online forum for cancer patients in Norwegian.
Singapore Cancer Society
Provides free public cancer screening services, financial assistance, rehabilitation, support, and hospice home care for cancer patients. Information on the website is in English.
Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC)
Provides online and telephone information in Spanish for people with cancer.
José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation
Provides information and support for leukaemia patients. The website is available in English and also in Spanish and Catalan.
American Cancer Society
Provides online, email and telephone information for people with cancer in English and Spanish.
Help line: 1 800 227 2345
National Cancer Institute
Coordinates, conducts and supports cancer research. They also provide online, email and telephone information in English and Spanish.
Phone: 1 800 422 6237 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is the world's largest independent, non profit, non governmental association of cancer organisations. It is based in Switzerland. UICC brings together a wide range of organisations, including voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups. The website is in English.
Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)
ECL was created in 1980 and consists of 27 members. The objectives of the association are to improve communication and to foster collaborative activities between European cancer leagues and organisations that are members of the ECL. The website is in English.
Nordic Cancer Union
The Nordic Cancer Union is a collaboration of five countries to improve cancer control in Scandinavia. Members include Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Their website is in English.
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