Useful Links and Resources

Directory of help and support resources

Posted by Sara Liyanage on 15 August 2021

Help and support

Breast Cancer Now for up to date information about treatment and support. Including a support helpline. Read the Q&A we did one of their breast care nurses who works on their helpline.

BRIC (Building Resilience in Cancer Centre) is a support website for women going through all stages of breast cancer. They have a Facebook group, provide all sorts of up to date information about treatment, articles and blogs. They also hold regular discussion groups.

Cancer Care Map –  an online directory that helps people find cancer care and support services in their local area. People with cancer, their friends and family can either search for a service or can browse the types of services available.

Cancer Care Parcel UK Cancer Directory – this is a directory of cancer charities, support groups, therapists, suppliers and services as verified by Cancer Care Parcel. You can search on here for post-mastectomy bras and swimwear, or support groups.

Cancer on Board – Get in touch with this lovely charity for a “Cancer on board” badge. A little badge which lets people know that whilst you may look ok on the outside, you are actually going through cancer treatment, and you may need someone to offer you a set on the train, bus or tube.

The C-List – set up by Lisa Potter-Dixon and Helen Addis, The C-List is a one-stop shop for makeup, skincare, hair, gifts and all things beauty when going through cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy. “It’s more than a beauty shop …there’s tips, tricks, advice and inspirational stories to help you get through your journey.”

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Their support centres in Essex, London and Hertfordshire are vital in helping people living with cancer. The centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquility, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups. The centres are for patients with all types of cancer at all stages, whether newly diagnosed or longer term, throughout and after completion of treatment.

Live Better With – This is an online shopping site stocking 100s of products to help get you through each step of your cancer treatment all recommended by those living with cancer. The site also offers stacks and stacks of practical advice.

Maggie’s.  Maggie’s centres are located around the UK. “At Maggie’s you can talk to, and get support from, a range of professional people. Our Centres are staffed by Cancer Support Specialists, Benefits Advisors, Nutritionists, therapists and Psychologists who can support you in whichever way best suits your needs.”

MaleBC An excellent resource for men with breast cancer.

Penny Brohn. As a national charity, we reach out across the country, offering local support, such as free courses and wellbeing events locally, where you need it. Our Introductory sessions and Living Well courses can help you discover the things that make a big difference to the way you cope with cancer. Things like eating well and managing stress and dealing with the emotional impacts of the disease.

Shine Cancer Support.  This charity exclusively supports adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experience a cancer diagnosis. They offer regional meet-ups, they have information by way of blogs, pod casts and video casts on topics relevant to this age group.

Trekstock is an organisation aimed at young adults in their 20s and 30s diagnosed with cancer and aims to “deliver practical and social support programmes tailored to the needs of young adults, to give them a better chance of living well through and beyond cancer.” Fantastic organisation.

Your Sim Pal – This charity provides free calls, text, data and mobiles for those affected by cancer. There is a simple online form to complete and submit.

Apps

Breast Advocate is a free breast cancer app  that provides evidence-based information and recommendations, personalized for you, exactly when you need it.

Can Do A free App by which you can allocate jobs and tasks to friends and family whilst you are going through cancer treatment, without the need for awkward conversations.

Untire Untire gives you the tools to reduce cancer fatigue and get back to living life.  Easy to use app with videos, tutorials, and daily tips.  Online support community with other CRF peers. Comprehensive, step-by-step programme.

Owise – An app that is your own personal cancer support app to help you regain control of your life from the first day of diagnosis.”

Vine Health – an app to support you through cancer treatment that allows you to report and monitor symptoms, medication and activity levels.

The information and content provided in this page is intended for information and educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.

Reviewed August 2021

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