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Support at home for you and your family

You might need some care and support at home due to cervical cancer or its treatment. A lot of practical and emotional support is available to you. 

GP and nursing support

Contact your GP for help with any medical problems that come up when you're at home. They can also make referrals to nursing services for you. There are different types of nursing services.

District nurses

District nurses can:

  • give medicines or injections
  • check temperature, blood pressure and breathing
  • clean and dress wounds
  • monitor or set up drips
  • give emotional support
  • teach basic caring skills to family members where needed
  • get special equipment, such as commodes or bed pans

Social workers

Social workers can arrange:

  • home helps to help with shopping or housework
  • home care assistants for washing and dressing
  • meals on wheels
  • respite care

Your social worker can also help with money matters by checking you get all the benefits you are entitled to. Or they can advise you about charity grants for things like extra heating costs or special diets.

Contact a social worker yourself by getting in touch with your local social services office. Or ask your hospital nurse or your GP to refer you.


It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of cancer emotionally. Counselling can help you deal with those emotions and give you a chance to speak to someone who isn't your family or friends.

Sex therapist

You may feel nervous about having sex after you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, or have had treatment.

A sex therapist helps people with sexual problems they are going through. They are qualified counsellors, doctors or healthcare professionals who have done extra training in helping people with difficulties relating to sex. 

Local support services

There are many other sorts of help you can get. Services vary from place to place.

Sometimes local voluntary groups offer sitting services. Someone comes to stay with you while your relative goes out.

Good neighbour schemes offer befriending or practical help with shopping or transport.

Local cancer support groups often offer practical help. And they are a good source of information about services in your area. Ask your doctor or nurse about local groups.

NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.

Cancer Research UK nurses

For support and information, you can call the Cancer Research UK information nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can give advice about who can help you and what kind of support is available.
Last reviewed: 
20 May 2020
Next review due: 
20 May 2023
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