Cancer Services and Support

CANCER SERVICES AND SUPPORT

Coronavirus information for people with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support has put together a page of useful information and guidance to help people living with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic. Topics include shielding, looking after your immune system, financial support and much more.

Macmillan – coronavirus information for people with cancer

NHS cancer information

If you have any questions about cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment or support, the NHS website has clear information and links to further support.

There is advice on reducing your risk of cancer and spotting symptoms early. You can also find out about waiting times and read about specific types of cancer in more detail.

Visit the NHS website

Northumberland Cancer Support Group

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The Northumberland Cancer Support Group is a completely voluntary self-help organisation which offers support to people facing cancer, and their family and friends. The group also offers complementary therapies including aromatherapy, reflexology and relaxation.

Physical group meetings are postponed at the moment due to the pandemic but the group is still meeting weekly on Zoom with guest speakers and a book club.

You can still contact the group for information and support via the contact form on their website or follow their Facebook page.

Get in touch through their website

Coping With Cancer North East

Coping with Cancer provides social, emotional, mental and physical support for people affected by cancer.

You will be given a personal support plan which could include counselling, reflexology, massage and acupuncture.

Coping with Cancer is now based at The Woodruff Centre at Apex Business Village near Cramlington.

Call: 0191 250 2026 or email: info@copingwithcancer.org.uk

Tynedale Hospice at Home

Tynedale Hospice at Home offers care for cancer patients throughout Tynedale, Ponteland and West Northumberland. They can provide:

  • Professional needs-led end of life nursing care at home
  • Discreet and friendly hospital transport service for those with a life-limiting diagnosis
  • High quality pre and post bereavement services supporting patients and their families

Call: 01434 600 388 to find out more about these services.

Patient transport

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There are local organisations which can help if you are struggling to get to hospital appointments.

Tynedale Hospice at Home – free transport to hospital appointments for people registered with a GP in the Tynedale, Ponteland and West Northumberland areas.

Daft as a Brush – free transport to and from hospital for patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.

North East Ambulance Service – patient transport service for patients who have a medical condition that would prevent them from travelling to a treatment centre by any other means, or who require the skills of an ambulance care assistant during the journey.

Chat Together

Bowel Cancer UK

Chat Together is a free online support group for people living with and beyond bowel cancer. It’s a welcoming place to talk to others with bowel cancer and to meet new people.

Chats are hosted by Bowel Cancer UK staff and trained volunteers who have had bowel cancer themselves.

Visit the Chat Together website to find out more.

Financial and legal support

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Citizens Advice Northumberland

Citizens Advice Northumberland provides free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including money, benefits, housing and employment. They have a dedicated Macmillan benefits advice line to help with any queries you may have. Call 01670 339985 to speak to someone.

Legacare

Free specialist legal advice to help with issues including your job, looking after your children, paying your mortgage or rent, insurance claims, pension entitlement, debt, wills and lasting powers of attorney.

Dragonfly Cancer Trust

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust was founded in 2007 by Cliff and Jacqui Grove in memory of their daughter Josie Madeline Grove, shortly after she passed away aged 16. It was set up to support other children and young people with cancer.

The charity supports young palliative cancer patients under the age of 25 to make lasting memories with their family with short breaks and special experiences. They can also help to make keepsakes and deliver creative activity boxes to children’s cancer wards.

Email: info@dragonflycancertrust.org or visit the Dragonfly Cancer Trust website to find out more.

Local services and support

Tynedale Hospice at Home: Based in Hexham, Tynedale Hospice at Home provides end of life nursing care, a hospital transport service and pre and post bereavement support to children, adults and families. All of these services are free. Call: 01434 600 388.

Northumberland Cancer Support Group: A completely voluntary organisation that helps anyone affected by cancer. Their meetings are via Zoom at the moment and you can find information and contact details on their website.

Coping With Cancer North East: Social, emotional, mental and physical care and support for people affected by cancer. Call: 0191 250 2026 or email: info@copingwithcancer.org.uk

Cancer Support VCSE Network North East: A collaboration of organisations in the North East who offer a range of services for people affected by cancer. Visit their website for more information about the organisations involved in the network.

Useful links

Click on the links below to find advice and support from national organisations:

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer Research UK

Marie Curie

Maggie’s

Cancer Support UK

CLIC Sargent

Teenage Cancer Trust

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