For Patients (general resources)
http://www.macmillan.org.uk - The redoubtable Macmillan organisation continues to stand at the front line of cancer care and support. It is impossible to imagine UK cancer services without them and their website presents easily accessible and well written materials that everyone could learn and benefit from.
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org – The first site for those seeking information on any cancer type, its detection, its staging and its treatment. Cancer Research presents literally thousands of pages of information and enables its readers to not just understand their condition but to actively engage with their clinicians in a meaningful way about treatment.
http://www.mycancertreatment.nhs.uk- A little known but excellent site which allows the user to check quality ratings for cancer care in their area against a national database.
http://www.nhs.uk– No introduction required for the worlds foremost free at point of contact health service. The website is a virtual mine of information regarding care and advice and should be listed up as a frequently visited site. As virtual portals go this is one of the largest and easily the most helpful.
For Patients (user groups – online support groups)
https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-chat - No matter how mundane no matter how complex, the users on this moderated group are able to talk openly and sensibly. The first choice point of contact for many sufferers on day to day issues and indeed even for professionals seeking opinion. Cancer chat has users from all over the globe.
http://www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/share-your-experience/cancer-voices- a great resource which allows patients to share experiences that can genuinely affect future treatment for other patients.
http://www.maggiescentres.org - Maggie’s Centre’s have 17 centers alongside NHS cancer hospitals in the UK, they offer care and support to people affected by cancer. Each Centre is run by professional, specialist staff who can discuss any aspect of cancer. You can join a support group, take part in weekly sessions like relaxation and stress management or learn about nutrition and health. Or you can just visit to have a cup of tea, a biscuit and a friendly chat.
http://www.mariecurie.org.uk - Runs 9 center’s (hospices) throughout the UK, and a nationwide Marie Curie nursing service, providing hands-on care for patients in their own homes throughout the day or night, free of charge.
http://www.tenovus.org.uk- Provides an information service on all aspects of cancer, and practical and emotional support for cancer patients and their families. Free phone Cancer Helpline staffed by nurses, social worker and counsellor. Drop-in Tenovus cancer information at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff CF14 2TL. Online community to talk to other people affected by cancer.
http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk - A charity set up by the cosmetics industry. Volunteer beauty therapists provide skincare and make up workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. All guests are provided with a goodie bag. It has been running for 21 years and workshops are held in over 83 hospitals and specialist cancer support center’s across the UK. Find your nearest workshop and read more about the work of the charity on their website.
http://www.teenagecancertrust.org- A national charity providing specialist units, support, education and information for teenagers with cancer and their families. The TCT also funds research into young people's cancers. It holds annual conferences for teenagers with cancer and the health professionals who look after them.
http://www.clicsargent.org.uk - Sargent Cancer Care and Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood merged in 2005 to become CLIC Sargent, a charity which provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children and young people and their families, affected by cancer, from diagnosis onwards.
http://www.rarercancers.org- This website has several message boards so people with less common or rarer cancers can get in touch with each other. Friends and families of people with rarer cancers can also use the message boards to share their experiences, give support or get advice from people in similar situations. The website also offers general advice and information.
http://www.cupfoundjo.org - A charitable support and information website for people with unknown primary cancer, and those who care for them. CUP also aims to raise awareness and undertake, promote and support research. There is information about unknown primary cancer, its treatment and research, and a message board where you can talk to others with unknown primary cancer.
Cancer Educational Resources
http://www.cancer.net an American site but packed with information regarding cancer biology, treatment options and clinical trials.
http://www.breastcancer.org site specific awareness site that has first rate information sheets and news.
https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk UK patient support site which has an unrivalled reputation in the uk for support, campaigning and patient awareness.
https://www.drugs.com/cancer.htmllatest news and information regarding the plethora of cancer specific medications, their use, side effects, contra indications and research.
https://www.nice.org.uk - publication of advice and guidelines for patients and practitioners.
https://www.tissues-and-trials.co.uk – quarterly patient safety magazine centred around cancer care, research and clinical trials.
https://www.cancer-options.co.uk– National list of private cancer specialist rehabilitation services and second opinion referral organisations.
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