Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and more to help you cope with nasal or sinus cancer.
Cancer Research UK information and support
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
Head and neck cancer organisations and sites
Oral Health Foundation
This UK based charity works to improve standards of mouth care. Their website has good information on cancer and caring for your mouth.
The Oral Health Foundation was called the British Dental Health Foundation until 2016.
Provides support and information for people who have any form of facial disfigurement including disfigurement caused by cancer. They produce a booklet called 'When cancer affects the way you look', which you can download from the website.
They also provide a skin camouflage service. Trained volunteers teach people how to apply specialist cover creams.
Phone: 0300 0120 275 (support and advice line)
The contact details for the skin camouflage service are:
Telephone: 0300 0120 276
Let's Face It
Phone: 01843 833 724
This UK organisation for people with facial disfigurement offers:
- telephone support
- a service to link up people in similar situations
- dietary and medical advice
- social activities
- resources and a newsletter
The Mouth Cancer Foundation
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a charity that supports people affected by head and neck cancer. Its website has information about mouth, throat and other head and neck cancers.
Tel: 01924 950 950
Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who has been in a similar situation. Saving Faces can put you in touch with other people who have had facial surgery.
Tel: 020 3465 5755
Get Ahead is a national charity supporting people with head and neck diseases and cancers. They have some patient information on their website, and a patient group who are willing to talk to others about their experiences.
Phone: 0121 371 5046
The British Association of Skin Camouflage
This organisation has detailed information about camouflage cosmetics for people who need help to cover up scars and disfigurements after head and neck surgery. It also runs training courses for camouflage cosmeticians.
Rarer Cancers Foundation
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and campaigns for better cancer care. It provide booklets on cancer and treatments and runs a helpline providing cancer information and benefits advice.
Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 0000 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm; information available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121
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International organisations and websites
Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC) provides information about head and neck cancers. It is an American website.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is an American organisation. It's website has information about head and neck cancer.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides information about nasal cavity and sinus cancer.
SPOHNC is an American support network for people with cancers of the head and neck. It puts people in touch with each other and provides useful information.
Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers
100 Questions and Answers about Head and Neck Cancer
Elize Carper, Kenneth Hu and Elena Kuzin
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009
ISBN 978 0763743079
Provides doctors and patients views and answers questions about treatment and side effects, and quality of life after treatment. As it is American, not all the information will be relevant for patients in the UK.
Coping with the psychological effects of cancer
Professor Robert Bor, Dr Carina Eriksen and Ceilidh Stapelkamp
Sheldon Press, 2010
ISBN 978 1847090973
This book addresses the painful emotions linked with a cancer diagnosis. It covers areas such as coping with distressing thoughts, learning to relax, family relationships and coping with an advanced cancer.
Cancer at your fingertips (4th edition)
Val Speechley and Maxine Rosenfield
Facts about cancer and cancer treatments set out in question and answer form. Includes information on diet, exercise, sex and relationships, holidays, employment and money matters.
Living with Cancer
Jeffrey Tobias, Kay Eaton and Gary Lineker OBE
Follows the BBC TV series of the same name. Covers treatment, side effects and different types of cancer, including head and neck cancers.
Coping with Radiotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN 9 780 859 699990
Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life, including social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.
Coping with chemotherapy (2nd edition)
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978 1847090805
Gives information about what chemotherapy is, how you have it and the side effects. A useful book for those about to start chemotherapy, and for their family members.
The Cancer Survivor's handbook
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978 184709 0485
This handbook deals frankly and sensitively with the issues of cure, follow up, treatment side effects and recurrence. It looks at the support available to people who have finished their treatment.
Booklets and factsheets from other organisations
From Macmillan Cancer Support
Some of the following booklets are available on CD
Understanding cancer of the head and neck
Diet and cancer
Coping with advanced cancer
Controlling cancer pain
Controlling symptoms of cancer
Lost for words - how to talk to someone with cancer
Sexuality and cancer
Coping with hair loss
Coping with fatigue
Understanding clinical trials
The emotional effects of cancer
Talking about your cancer
Adjusting to life after cancer treatment
Talking to children when an adult has cancer
The emotional effects of cancer
Money worries? How can we help?
From the Royal Marsden Hospital Trust
Your operation and anaesthetic
You can download these booklets from the Royal Marsden website, or request them by calling freephone 0800 783 7176.