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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.

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Australia


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.

Level 14, 477 Pitt Street
Sydney
NSW 2000

Website: www.cancer.org.au
Email: info@cancer.org.au
Phone: (02) 8063 4100
Helpline: 13 11 20 (Mon to Fri, 9.00am to 5.00pm – local rate)

 

Barbados


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.

River Road
St. Michael
Barbados
West Indies

Phone: (246) 436 8888 or 427 9005
Email: info@barbadoscancersociety.com
Website: www.barbadoscancersociety.com

 

Belgium


Fondation Contre le Cancer (Foundation Against Cancer)
Provides support to people with cancer in French.

Website: www.cancer.be
Phone: 0800 15 800 (Monday 9am to 7pm, Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 1pm)
Email: cancerphone@cancer.be

 

Bulgaria


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.

Varna
Str. Seliolu 26

Phone: +359 52 616 937
Website: www.bulgariancancerassociation.org
Email: sjozts_varna@abv.bg

 

Canada


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
Suite 300
Toronto
Ontario
M4V 2Y7

Website: www.cancer.ca
Email: info@cis.cancer.ca
Phone: 1 888 939 3333 or (416) 961 7223

 

China


The Hong Kong Anti Cancer Society
Provides comprehensive online information in Chinese for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Website: www.hkacs.org.hk
Email: admin@hkacs.org.hk
Phone: (852) 3921 3821

 

Cyprus


The Cyprus Anti Cancer Society
Provides support and care for people with cancer at their homes. Information provided in Greek and English. The website includes local contact telephone numbers.

Phone: 22 44 6 222
Website: www.anticancersociety.org.cy
Email: info@anticancersociety.org.cy

 

Czech Republic


Liga Proti Rakovine Praha (League Against Cancer Prague)
Provides information to cancer patients in Czech.

Website: www.lpr.cz/
Email: lpr@lpr.cz
Phone: 224 919 732 or 224 920 935

 

Denmark


Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Danish Cancer Society)
Provides support and information for cancer patients in Danish.

Website: www.cancer.dk
Email: info@cancer.dk
Phone: 80 30 10 30

 

Estonia


Eesti Vähiliit (Estonian Cancer Society)
Provides information and support for people with cancer. Information on their website is in Estonian, Russian and English.

Website: www.cancer.ee
Email: info@cancer.ee
Phone: 0 800 2233 (Mon to Fri, 10am to midday and 6pm to 8.00pm)

 

Finland


Syöpäjärjestöt Finnish Cancer Organisations / Cancer Society of Finland
Provides information and support for people with cancer in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Website: www.cancer.fi
Email: society@cancer.fi
Phone: 0800 19414 or (358) 9 135 331

 

France


Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre Le Cancer (FNCLCC)
(The National Federation of French Cancer Centres)
Provides links to online information for people with cancer in French.

Phone: 33 1 44 23 04 04
Website: www.fnclcc.fr
Email: infocom@fnclcc.fr

Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer (National League Against Cancer)
Provides information for people with cancer in French.

Website: www.ligue-cancer.asso.fr
Email: aidea@ligue-cancer.net
Phone: 0810 111 101 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm)

Cancer Support France
Provides support in English to people in France.

Website: www.cancersupportfrance.org
Forum: www.csf-forum.org
Email: cancersupportfrance@orange.fr
Phone: 05 45 893005 (10.00 to 12.30. They also have an answer phone and aim to return calls within 24 hours)

 

Germany


Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid)
Provides advice and information for people with cancer in German, including booklets that you can download from the website.

Website: www.krebshilfe.de
Email: deutsche@krebshilfe.de
Phone: 49 2287 29900

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.

Website: www.krebsinformationsdienst.de
Email: krebsinformationsdienst@dkfz.de
Phone: 49 (0)800 420 30 40

 

Greece


The Hellenic Cancer Society
Provides information and support for cancer patients in Greek.

Website: www.cancer-society.gr
Email: cancer-society@cancer-society.gr
Phone: (210) 64 56 713 5

 

Hungary

Provide support to people with cancer.

Website: www.rakliga.hu
Email: info@rakliga.hu
Phone: 36 1 225 1621

 

Iceland


Krabbameinsfélagið (The Icelandic Cancer Society)
Provides information and support to people with cancer. The information on their website is in Icelandic.

Website: www.krabb.is
Phone: (354) 540 1900
Email: krabb@krabb.is

 

India


Cancer Patients Aid Association
Provides information and support to people with cancer. Has branches in several cities. Information on their website is in English.

Website: www.cpaaindia.org


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.

Website: www.indiancancersociety.org
Email: ics_mumbai@yahoo.com
Phones: +91 22 2412 5238 or +91 22 2413 9445

 

Ireland


The Irish Cancer Society
Provides support and information in English to patients with cancer.

43/45 Northumberland Road,
Dublin 4
Ireland

Website: www.cancer.ie
Email: helpline@irishcancer.ie
Helpline: 1 800 200 700 (Mon to Thurs, 9am to 7pm – Fri, 9am to 5pm)

 

Israel


Israel Cancer Association
Funds research and provides information and support to cancer patients. Information is provided in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Russian.

Website: www.cancer.org.il
Phone: (972) 3 5721616 or 1-800 599 995

 

Italy


Associazione Italiana Malati di Cancro (AIMaC)
Provides information in Italian and support to cancer patients, their families and friends.

Website: www.aimac.it
Email. info@aimac.it
Phone: 840 503579 (free)

 

Jamaica


Jamaican Cancer Society
Provides information and support for people with cancer.

Website: www.jamaicacancersociety.org
Phone: 1 (876) 927 4265

 

Jordan


King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC)
A cancer treatment centre that also provides online information in English about common types of cancer.

Website: www.khcc.jo
Email: info@khcc.jo
Hotline (free): 0800 22 66 2 (8am to 5pm, Saturday to Wednesday)

 

Lebanon


Lebanese Cancer Society
A professional and volunteer organisation that has a website in English. Cancer information on the website is provided via links to other organisations, mostly in English and French.

Website: www.cancer.org.lb
Email: lcs@cancer.org.lb
Phone: (961) 1 217342

 

Malaysia


Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) (National Cancer Council)
Provides support and information for people with cancer.

Website: www.makna.org.my
Email: makna@makna.org.my
Phone: (60) 3 2162 9178
Helpline: 1-800 88 62562 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


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.

Website: www.cancer.org.my
Email: contact@cancer.org.my
Phone: (60) 3 2698 7300

 

Namibia


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.

Website: www.can.org.na
Email: canwdh@africaonline.com.na
Phone: (264) 61 237 740

 

Nepal


Cancer Society Nepal
Provides information and support for people with cancer.

Website: www.ncrs.org.np
Telephone: 1618 01 5201455

 

Netherlands


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.

Website: www.kwfkankerbestrijding.nl
Email: info@kwfkankerbestrijding.nl
Phone: 0800 022 66 22 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

 

New Zealand


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.

Website: www.cancernz.org.nz
Email: admin@cancer.org.nz
Phone: 0800 226 237 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, out of hours answer phone)

 

Norway


Kreftforeningen (Norwegian Cancer Society)
Provide support, information, and an online forum for cancer patients in Norwegian.

Website: www.kreftforeningen.no
Email: servicetorget@kreftforeningen.no or kreftlinjen@kreftforeningen.no
Cancer Helpline: (47) 800 57 338 (Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 8pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 3pm)

 

Portugal


Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro (The Portuguese Cancer League)
Provides information and support to people with cancer. All information in Portuguese.

Website: www.ligacontracancro.pt
Email: info@ligacontracancro.pt or linhacancro@ligacontracancro.pt
Phone: 351 217 221 810 or 808 255 255

 

Romania


Liga Româna de Cancer (The Romanian Cancer League)
Provide online information about cancer in Romanian and English.

Website: www.romaniancancerleague.org/
Email: office@romaniancancerleague.org
Phone: 40 21 314 69 33

 

Saudi Arabia


Saudi Cancer Society
Provides information and support for people with cancer. Information on their website is in Arabic.

Website: www.saudicancer.com
Phone: (966) 1 440 2006 or (966) 1 440 1771

 

Serbia


Serbian Society for Fight against Cancer
Provides information about the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Website: www.serbiancancer.org/
Email: serbca@ncrc.ac.yu
Phone: +381 11/2656-386

 

Singapore


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.

Website: www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/
Email: enquiry@singaporecancersociety.org.sg
Telephone: 65 6221 9578

 

Slovakia


Liga Proti Rakovine (League Against Cancer in Slovakia)
Provides support and information in Slovakian.

Website: www.lpr.sk
Email: lpr@lpr.sk
Phone: 421 2 / 52 92 17 35

 

South Africa


The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
Provides support and information services and a social network group (in English) for people with cancer.

Website: www.cansa.org.za
Email: info@cansa.org.za
Helpline (free): 0800 22 66 22 (Mon to Fri, 8am to 4.30pm)

 

Spain

Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC)
Provides online and telephone information in Spanish for people with cancer.

Website: www.aecc.es
Phone: 900 100 036 (cancer information)
Email: informacion@aecc.es

José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation

Website: www.fcarreras.org
Provides information and support for leukaemia patients. The website is available in English and also in Spanish and Catalan.

 

Sweden


Cancerfonden (The Swedish Cancer Society)
Provides information and support in Swedish.

Website: www.cancerfonden.se
Email: info@cancerfonden.se
Phone: 020 59 59 59 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm)

 

Switzerland


Krebsliga Schweiz (Swiss Cancer League)
Provides online and telephone information in German, French and Italian.

Website: www.krebsliga.ch
Email: helpline@krebsliga.ch
Phone: 0800 11 88 11 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm)

 

Thailand


National Cancer Institute of Thailand
Provides information for people with cancer. The information on the website is in Thai.

Website: www.nci.go.th

 

Turkey

Turkish Association for Cancer Research & Control

Provides patient support along with looking into cancer prevention, early detection, tobacco control and supports cancer research.

Website: www.turkcancer.org
Email: info@turkkanser.org.tr
Phone: 321 431 2950 or 2951
 

 

USA


American Cancer Society
Provides online, email and telephone information for people with cancer in English and Spanish.

Website: www.cancer.org
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.

Website: www.cancer.gov
Phone: 1 800 422 6237 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)

 

Zimbabwe


Cancer Association of Zimbabwe
Provides information and support for people with cancer

Website: www.cancerzimbabwe.org
Email: info@cancer.co.zw
Phone: 263 4 707444 or 705522

 

Other international cancer organisations


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.

Website: www.uicc.org
Phone: (+41) 22 809 1811


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.

Website: www.europeancancerleagues.org
Email: info@europeancancerleagues.org
Phone: +32 2 256 2000


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.

Website: www.ncu.nu
Email: ffk@krabbamein.fo or ncu@kreftforeningen.no
Phone: +298 317 959 or +47 815 70 477

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Updated: 12 March 2014