National Cancer Institute â€“ national Institute of Health â€“ USA
Gives information on cancer and treatments
Dept for Work and Pensions
Covers a number of issues including work, benefits, retirement and disability.
The UK governmentâ€™s digital service for people in England and Wales.
Includes details on how to contact your local Jobcentre.
The countryâ€™s biggest website and gives all the information you
need to make decisions about your health.
NHS Direct Online
NHS health information site for England
NHS 24 in Scotland
NHS health information site for Scotland
NHS Direct Wales
NHS health information for Wales
Provides non-medical people in the UK with information about health and
disease. Also reviews and links to many health and illness related websites.
Other useful organisations
Access to Work
South East and East England/London
020 8426 3110
Scotland and Northern England 0141 950 5327
South West England, Wales and Central England 029 2042 3291
Provides advice and support to people with long term health conditions
and their employers to help meet the costs associated with work-related
Access to Work (Northern Ireland)
Gives support and advice to employees with disabilities and their employers.
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Helpline 08457 474 747
Gives advice to employees and employers to help improve working life and relations.
Offers information, advice and training.
ACAS also publish a very helpful guide on dealing with bereavement
Managing bereavement in the workplace â€“ a good practice guide
Developed in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care (see below) and many other organisations.
402 Metro Central Heights
London SE1 6DX
Tel: 0845 658 5717
Evenbreak is a specialist online job board which can help you find work with employers who are inclusive and value their staff.
Equality Advisory Support Service
Freepost FPN 4431
Tel 0808 800 0082
Textphone 0808 800 0084
Promotes equality and provides information to people about their rights.
Equality Commission Northern Ireland
028 9050 0600
Aims to advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good
relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement.
Financial,Â legal advice andÂ insurance
Benefit Enquiry Line Northern Ireland
Tel 0800 220 674
Textphone 0800 243 787
Provides information andÂ advice about disability benefits and carers’ benefits in Northern Ireland.
Find contact details for your local office
in the phone book or at citizensadvice.org.uk
Find advice for the UK online in a range of languages at adviceguide.org.uk
Citizenâ€™s Advice Bureaux provide free, confidential, independent
advice on a variety of issues including financial, legal, housing and employment.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Disability Benefits Helpline 08457 123 456
Textphone 0845 722 4433
Personal Independence Payment Helpline 0845 850 3322
Textphone 0845 601 6677
Carers’ Allowance Unit 0845 608 432
Textphone 0845 604 5312
Manages state benefits in England, Scotland and Wales.
Disability Law Service
A charity providing information, advice and assistance to those with disabilities (including cancer as understood by the Equality Act) and their carers. They offer a full service in relation to discrimination in the workplace and handle employment claims.
Tel 020 7791 9800
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL
Tel 020 7242 1222
Can provide details of solicitors in England and Wales
Law Society of Scotland
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7YR
Tel 0131 226 7411
Can provide details of solicitors in Scotland
Law Society of Northern Ireland
96 Victoria Street, Belfast
Tel 028 9023 1614
National Debtline (England
Wales and Scotland)
Tricorn House, 51-53 Hagley
Birmingham B16 8TP
Freephone 0808 808 4000
A national telephone helpline for people with debt problems. The service
is free, confidential and independent, and the call handlers also distribute
free self-help materials.
Personal Finance Society â€“
â€˜Find an Adviserâ€™ service
42-48 High Road, South Woodford,
London E18 2JP
Tel 020 8530 0852
The UKâ€™s largest professional body for independent financial advisers.
Use the â€˜Find and Adviserâ€™ website to find qualified advisers
in your area.
1 Derry Street
London W8 5HY
Helpline 0808 802 2000
A charity providing an online service to help people in financial need
in the UK. Use its website for free to see information about the benefits
and grants available from both statutory and voluntary organisations. You
can often apply for support from the website.
Provides advice about benefits and financial issues. You can also search for
a financial adviser
StepChange Debt Charity
Wade House, Merrion Centre
Leeds LS2 8NG
Tel 080 0138 1111
Provides free debt advice through phone, email,its website and online via live chats with advisers.
Insurancewith are a specialist travel insurance provider for those with pre-existing medical conditions including cancer.
Equipment and advice on living with disability
Disability Rights UK
12 City Forum, 250 City Road
London EC1V 8AF
Tel 020 7250 3222
A national charity which works to improve the living standards of disabled
people. Provides information about benefits and disability rights.
Disabled Living Foundation
380-384 Harrow Road
London W9 2HU
Helpline 0845 130 9177
A national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of disability
equipment and mobility products through its helpline, website and demonstration
Warwick House, Roydon Road
Harlow, Essex, CM19 5PX
Tel 0845 456 4566
Minicom 9845 675 0009
Enables disabled people to exchange their higher rate mobility component
of Disability Living Allowance or their War Pensioners’ Mobility
Supplement to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter.
Advice about appearance and nutrition
Provides advice about skin care, hair care, cosmetics and appearance to women affected by cancer and supplies products which can be given as gifts to those undergoing cancer treatment. Also provides more general information about cancer including employment issues.
Support for Carers
Tel (England, Scotland, Wales) 0808 808 7777
Tel (Northern Ireland) 028 9043 9843
Offers information and support to carers. Can put people in contact with
local support groups.
Tel 0808 802 0202
Provides information to help carers access the financial help they’re
entitled to, as well as advice on getting a break from caring and
going to work.
Cruse Bereavement Care
PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey
Tel 0844 477 9400
Young person’s helpline 0808 808 1677
Young person’s email
Provides bereavement counselling, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved.
has a network of branches across the UK.
The Loss Foundation
For information on any of their services you can contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07732-070-972.
For information about their research into complicated or prolonged grief you can contact Kirsten at email@example.com
The Loss Foundation is a registered charity providing support to people who have lost loved ones to cancer; spouses, family members, friends.
General Cancer Support Organisations
Cancer Black Care
79 Acton Lane
London NW10 8UT
Tel 020 8961 4151
Offers a range of information and support for people with cancer from
ethnic communities, their friends, carers and families. Welcomes people
from different ethnic groups.
The Eleanor Rose Foundation
C/O Objective Productions/2LE Media
Westminster Bridge Road
Tel: 07969 600673
Ellieâ€™s Friends is an online platform that enables adults living with cancer to access free and discounted services or products in their area.
Irish Cancer Society
43-45 Northumberland Road
Dublin 4, Ireland
Helpline 1800 200 700
Operates freephone cancer helpline, which is staffed
by qualified nurses trained in cancer care. You can also chat online
and use the site’s message board.
Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
39-40 Eagle Street
London WC1R 4TH
Tel 020 7405 2200
Dedicated to researching blood cancers including
leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Research focuses on finding causes,
improving diagnosis and treatments and running trials for people with blood
1st Floor, One Waterloo Street
Glasgow G2 6AY
Tel 0300 123 1801
Located throughout the country, Maggieâ€™s Centres
are places to turn to for anyone affected by cancer.
You can access information, benefits advice, and emotional or psychological
support free of charge and under one roof. You donâ€™t have to make
an appointment or be referred.
Working to bring more awareness to a rare cancer, Mesothelioma. This is a comprehensive U.S. website for those suffering from Mesothelioma enabling them and their families to better understand how to identify the symptoms and cope with it. Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed since it shares the same symptoms as pneumonia and other common illnesses.
Cancer Support â€“ Scotland
75 Shelley R0ad, Glasgow G12 0ZE
Tel 0800 652 4531
Offers information and support for cancer patients, families, friends
and health professionals. Runs a network of monthly support groups across
Scotland. Also provides counselling and complimentary therapies.
Rarer Cancer Foundation
The Rarer Cancers Foundation exists to ensure that people with rarer cancers have access to the best services and outcomes.
Developed especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.
9th Floor, Gleider House
Ty Glas Road, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5BD
Helpline 0808 808 1010
Tel 029 2076 8850
Based in wales, Tenovus provides a range of services to people with
cancer and their families, including counselling, an ‘ask the nurse’ service
and benefits advice.
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
40-44 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast BT9 6DX
Helpline 0800 783 3339
Tel 028 9066 3281
Provides a range of services for people with cancer and their families,
including a free telephone helpline, which is staffed by specially trained
nurses with experience in cancer care.
Coping with Chemotherapy and Radiation
Daniel Cukier et al
McGraw-Hill Contemporary 2004 Â£8.99
Gives information on how radiotherapy
and chemotherapy work, how the treatment may affect you and how to cope
with and reduce the side effects.
The Cancer Survivor’s Companion
Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins
Piatkus 2012 Â£7.99Helps cancer survivors deal with the emotional and psychological impact of cancer. Full of practical advice.
The Cancer Survivorâ€™s Handbook
Terry Priestman, Sheldon Press
For people who have completed their treatment. It looks
at some of the issues people might face after treatment, such as side
effects, diet and exercise, sex and fertility, work and support.
A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2009/2010
Directory of Social Change 2009 Â£50.00
A directory of charities and
trusts that provide financial assistance to people in need. A copy is
available in most public libraries.
Other key reports and publications