Advanced cancer organisations
This page gives information about organisations and websites that help and support people with advanced cancer. There is information about
The websites listed on this page are valuable sources of detailed information about advanced cancer. They may use more technical terms, longer pages and fewer images than this website. You can find details about general cancer support organisations on our general cancer organisations page. We have information about counselling organisations in the counselling section.
Cancer Research UK
407 St John Street
London EC1V 4AD
Admin phone number: 020 7242 0200
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 our patient information website, News and resources website, 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 using this form, or by telephoning 020 7061 8355 or freephone 0808 800 40 40.
Cancer Research UK In Memory site
To celebrate the life of a loved one, you can create a personalised page in their memory. You can invite friends and family to donate in their memory to help beat cancer.
Bereaved Partners Support Group
This is a new support group to help those who have lost their partners to cancer, and is the first of its kind in the UK.
General queries: 07732070972
Citizens Advice Bureau
You can find your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau by phoning 020 7833 2181 or go to www.adviceguide.org.uk
An independent network that provides free advice about money, legal issues, housing health and social welfare issues. Often provides advice in English and other languages.
Cruse Bereavement Care
PO Box 800
Helpline: 0844 477 9400
Website to support young people affected by bereavement: www.rd4u.org.uk
Cruse provides bereavement counselling. It offers help, support and information to anyone facing bereavement or who has been bereaved. Has a network of local branches throughout the UK.
501–505 Kingsland Road
Tel: 020 7254 6251
Has a support and counselling service for any family needing help. Also gives financial help to people in need. Referral must be by a health or social worker.
Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They provide booklets on cancer and treatments and run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice.
National Association of Bereavement Services
4 Pinchin Street
London E1 1SA
Tel: 020 7709 9090
Can put people in touch with their nearest local bereavement support service. Has a directory of UK bereavement services.
National Association of Funeral Directors
618 Warwick Road
Helpline: 0845 230 1343
Advises on arranging funerals. Gives information on the services provided by funeral directors and advises on what to do after someone has died. Has a list of funeral directors across the UK.
The Cancer Counselling Trust
The Cancer Counselling Trust has now closed but their website gives details of other organisations that provide counselling services.
Gives information and support to carers on many issues. Has local groups all over the UK. The head office puts you in touch with your local group.
Part of the NHS Choices website. It provides a gateway to comprehensive sources of information for carers. The site has been developed in conjunction with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Carers UK, Crossroads, and Young Carers Net. It contains information about benefits, links to national and local support organisations, and a directory of services.Helpline: 0808 802 0202 (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) (11am to 4pm at weekends) You can ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages.
Website for young carers: www.youngcarers.net
Email: Carers Direct
Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers merged in April 2012 to form the Carers Trust. It works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. And they provide access to desperately needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities. They have offices in Scotland and Wales that can be contacted through the website or the London office. In Scotland, the Trust has kept the name The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
Directgov – Caring for someone
Gives details of services and benefits for UK carers.
Red Cross services vary in different parts of the country but they provide medical equipment, transport and hospital escort services, home emergency personal care, home respite care. There are branches throughout the UK.
Gives information and advice on equipment and aids to help with daily living.
Association of Charity Officers
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 020 7255 4480
Helps people find specific charities that can offer them financial support.
Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
Helpline: 0808 808 0000
Give information and financial grants to people with cancer and their families.
1– 6 Tavistock Square
Tel: 0800 169 6565 (8am to 7pm)
Scotland office: 0845 125 9732 (10am to 4pm)
Welsh office: 029 2043 1555
Northern Ireland office: 028 9024 5729
Scotland website: www.ageconcernandhelptheagedscotland.org.uk
Provides information and factsheets on many issues including insurance, making a will, what to do when someone dies, financial support and housing issues.
Provides information around the rights and choices associated with having 'a good death' as well as free templates for compiling an advance decision. Also conducts research into rights and choices at end of life.
Answers enquiries about any aspect of hospice care. The website includes a directory of hospice services in the UK and Ireland.
National Association of Disablement Information and Advice Services (DIAL) at SCOPE
6 Market Road
Phone and textphone: 0808 800 3333 99am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
DIAL is a network of more than 100 disability information and advice groups. The groups are run by people with experience of disability who give free, independent advice to anyone affected by disability (including cancer). It is now part of SCOPE, the UK charity for people with cerebral palsy and disability.
Gives support and information to help people die naturally at home. Advises on arranging inexpensive and environmentally friendly funerals. Also provides counselling.
'If I should die' website
Gives practical information and support about dying.
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