Organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Cancer Research UK information and support
Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.
We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer. As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send us a question online.
Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.
Specific lymphoma organisations and sites
Lymphoma Action gives emotional support and medical information on all aspects of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Their services are free to people with lymphoma and their family and friends.
They run local support groups for people with lymphoma around the country. They also have a buddy scheme for putting patients in touch with each other by phone. And they produce leaflets and a newsletter.
The Lymphoma Action online forum is available 24 hours a day.
Tel: 0808 808 5555 (10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday)
The lymphoma section of Health Talk Online is based on themes that came out of research funded by Cancer Research UK. Around 40 people were interviewed to find out what it was like to have lymphoma.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is an American organisation that supports cancer research. They have information about all types of cancer, including Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Lymphoma Information Network is an American site, written by someone who has been through successful but intensive treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. There is information about Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma that is detailed and quite technical in places. This site is very thorough, with links and booklists.
General support organisations
Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.
Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form
Young Lives vs Cancer (previously called CLIC Sargent) is a charity which provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children and young people with cancer, and their families.
Tel: 0300 330 0803
Teenage Cancer Trust is a national charity providing specialist units, expert staff, support events, education and information for 13-24 year old’s diagnosed with cancer and their friends and families.
The Teenage Cancer Trust also work closely with healthcare professionals and researchers to lead the way on developing cancer care for teenagers and young adults.
Tel: 020 7612 0370
Books about Hodgkin lymphoma
Books about cancer and treatment
J Mackay and N Hirano
New Harbinger Press, 2002
Written by American oncology nurses, this book has practical tips for coping with treatment side effects.
N Keene, W Hobbie and K Ruccione
Childhood cancer guides, 2012
This is a US book, so some of the information may not apply (future medical insurance for example). But it is the only book of its kind and has helpful information on coping with emotional and practical aspects of life after cancer.
Booklets and factsheets
These booklets can be ordered or downloaded from the Lymphoma Action website.
Young person's guide to lymphoma
Lymphomas – a general booklet for Hodgkin lymphoma and non Hodgkin lymphoma patients
Hodgkin lymphoma in children
Questions to ask your doctor or medical team
Steroids – a guide for people with lymphoma
Splenectomy and the risk of infection
These booklets can be ordered from Macmillan Cancer Support's website. Some are also available on CD.
A parent's guide to children's cancers
Diet and cancer
Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
Relationships, sex and fertility for young people affected by cancer
Talking about your cancer
Talking to children when an adult has cancer
Sexuality and cancer
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
Understanding Hodgkin lymphoma
Understanding high dose treatment with stem cell support
These booklets can be ordered, or downloaded from the Blood Cancer UK website.
Undergoing high dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplant
Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation (BMT) – for children and adults
Donating stem cells – what's involved?
Videos of people's stories
Find out about the experience of living with and beyond cancer by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Healthtalk’s researchers created a library of interviews with people who have survived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.
Find out what people said about issues such as lifestyle choices, physical effects and the impact on work and family.
Find local cancer support and information services
NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.