Resources and support for nasopharyngeal cancer

There are organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with nasopharyngeal cancer and its treatment.

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.

Head and neck cancer organisations

This UK charity has been set up by cancer specialists and people affected by head and neck cancer. They aim to raise awareness about head and neck cancer, provide information and advice, and act as a voice for people with head and neck cancer and their families. Their website also has stories from people with head and neck cancer. 

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.

This UK charity provides support and information for people who have any form of facial disfigurement, including disfigurement caused by cancer.

Tel: 0300 0120 275 (support and advice line)

Skin camouflage service

Changing Faces runs a skin camouflage service, where trained volunteers can teach you how to apply specialist cover creams.

Tel: 0300 0120 276

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


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. The website also has a forum and information on local support groups.

Tel: 01924 950 950 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)


Saving Faces is funding education and research to improve medical treatment and support for people after facial surgery.

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.

Phone: 020 3417 7757


Other organisations

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.  

Tel.: 01254 703 107

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)
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Support if you have eyesight changes or hearing problems

The RNIB is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to people with sight problems. They have detailed information to help anyone with a sight problem. Services include Braille, Talking Book and computer training, and imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. They also run a national library service providing books and information services for visually impaired people.

RNIB Newsagent

RNIB Newsagent has more than 200 national newspapers and magazines for visually impaired and disabled people. They offer subscribers a choice of formats including CD's, USB sticks and digital downloads through their website.

This charity is working to make life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus. They campaign for an inclusive society, provide information and support, and pioneer new treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus.

For help with cutting down alcohol

Alcohol is one of the main contributors to mouth and oesophageal cancers. There are many organisations to help you decrease or stop drinking alcohol.

The website has lots of information if you are concerned about your alcohol intake or are affected by someone who may need help.

Alcoholics anonymous can help with any issues you may have with alcohol.

Phone: 0800 9177 650

Down Your Drink offers a simple test to see if you are drinking too much alcohol.

This is a national agency that can help you find resources in your area for issues with alcohol. They also work with the government to develop public policies around alcohol issues.

Phone: 0203 907 8480

A 24 hour service where you can talk to someone about your feelings and issues.

Phone: 116 123

Get help to stop smoking

Stopping smoking can be challenging. But there is support available.

Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

Jack E. Thomas and Robert L. Keith
Thieme Medical Publishers, 2005
ISBN 3136662040
Has information about cancer treatments and how to manage problems with speech and swallowing. It includes exercises for improving speech and swallowing, and tips on tube feeding.

E Carper, KS Hu and E Kuzin
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 978 0763743079

An American book which gives both doctor's and patient's views on treatment for head and neck cancer and quality of life, and much more.

Professor Bor, Dr Eriksen and C. 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.

Val Speechley and Maxine Rosenfield
Class Publishing, 2001
ISBN 978-1859590362

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.

J Tobias and K Eaton
Bloomsbury, 2001
ISBN 0747554102

Follows the BBC TV series of the same name. Covers treatment, side effects and different types of cancer, including head and neck cancers.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN 978 0859699990

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.

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.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978 1847090485

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 treatment.

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who have shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Find local cancer information and support

The NHS website helps you to find local cancer information and support in England.

Cancer Support Scotland support the wellbeing of those affected by cancer across Scotland.

Tenovus Cancer Care provides information and support for those affected by cancer in Wales. They also fund research into cancer.

Last reviewed: 
24 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
24 Feb 2024

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