Online Cancer Support


Most major charities have forums where patients, carers and those affected by cancer come together to offer support, advice and the chance to talk with Clinical Nurse Specialists. We have listed some of the main ones below:


Online Networks and Forums Macmillan Cancer Support: https://community.macmillan.org.uk/

Cancer Research UK: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-chat

Maggie’s: https://community.maggiescentres.org/home

If you want to find out about a specific cancer, refine your search on one of the above websites or use Google to search for the charity that supports your type of cancer, for example – Prostate Cancer UK or Breast Cancer Now.

UK Cancer Charities on Social Media Follow the major cancer charities on their social media platforms to stay up to date with their latest news, support and advice:

Macmillan Cancer Support Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macmillancancer

Macmillan Cancer Support Twitter: https://twitter.com/macmillan

Macmillan in the North West Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MacmillanNorthWest/

The Christie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheChristieNHS

The Christie Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheChristieNHS

Cancer Research UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cancerresearchuk

Cancer Research UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/CR_UK

Marie Curie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarieCurieUK

Marie Curie Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariecurieuk

Stand Up To Cancer UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standuptocancerUK

Stand Up To Cancer UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/SU2C

Bowel Cancer UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowelcanceruk

Bowel Cancer UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/bowelcanceruk

Breast Cancer Now Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breastcancernow

Breast Cancer Now Twitter: https://twitter.com/BreastCancerNow

Prostate Cancer UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostatecanceruk

Prostate Cancer UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProstateUK

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Fdn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roycastlelungcancer

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Fdn Twitter: https://twitter.com/Roy_Castle_Lung

Blood Cancer UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodcanceruk.charity

Blood Cancer UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/bloodcancer_uk

The Brain Tumour Charity Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebraintumourcharity

The Brain Tumour Charity Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainTumourOrg

Sarcoma UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uk.sarcoma/

Sarcoma UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarcoma_uk


North West Support Groups on Social Media

The Gynae Girls (Salford & Greater Manchester Gynaecological Cancer Support Group) The aim of this group is to support people affected by all gynaecological cancers. They have regular monthly meetings at Salford Royal and support each other online via Facebook. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ENDOMETRIALCANCERSALFORDAWARNESS

Cheshire Cup Cakes (Facebook) A group for women who have had, or are going through any type of cancer. Their aim is to support each other on-line but also to meet occasionally for coffee, beauty sessions and to be together in a safe, happy environment. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/211122029232583

Online Courses and Virtual Workshops

Macmillan iHope Programme Macmillan would like to give you the chance to enhance your resilience, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope through their online self-management programme called iHope. Price: Free For more information and how to register visit: https://coventryhls.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIXGI1ADihkwTAN

Macmillan RESTORE RESTORE aims to support people living with cancer related fatigue. It provides information about things you can do to help you cope with fatigue. It can also give you more confidence to manage your fatigue. Visit: https://www.macmillanrestore.org.uk/

Look Good Feel Better® Look Good Feel Better® is a free nationwide program helping women and men with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Led by trained beauty professionals, these online workshops are for between 8-10 people; covering a range of techniques for applying make up when affected by cancer. Price: Free For full details and how to book on visit: https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/support-advice/virtualworkshops/

Videos

Videos make up over 80% of all online communications and are a great way of taking in information when face-to-face contact is not available. Below is a list of useful websites and YouTube channels aimed at improving health and wellbeing, offering tutorials and providing cancer information.

NHS One You – Home Workout Videos To stay fit and healthy, you're recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day. Plus, you should aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week. The NHS One You home workouts are an easy way to help you reach your exercise goals. Visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/

5K Your Way - Move Against Cancer A community-based initiative encouraging those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to help fight cancer through fitness. The 5KYW team post regular exercise videos and Q&A sessions on their Facebook page. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/5kYourWayMoveAgainstCancer

Look Good Feel Better Videos include instructional workshops on skin care and makeup application, hair care for men, patient testimonials and events. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/LookGoodFeelBetter

Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan have hundreds of videos on all aspects of cancer, including tutorials and advice for hair loss during cancer treatment, advice on how to talk about cancer, personal stories, cancer information and events. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrG_xSjSf5TtFDZGexsS4dQ

Select the “PLAYLISTS” tab at the top of the Macmillan’s YouTube page (below the logo) to cycle through their range of videos.

Cancer Research UK Cancer Research UK’s choice of videos is diverse, with a focus on cancer information and treatments, research and strategy. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/cancerresearchuk

Stand Up To Cancer UK The SU2C UK YouTube channel features powerful patient stories, scientific information, celebrity interviews, with a focus on young people and modern technology. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/standuptocancerUK/videos

NHS-approved Cancer Apps

Untire: Beating Cancer Fatigue The Untire self-help app provides a step-by-step guide to help you and your family and friends beat cancerrelated fatigue (CRF). Whether you're a cancer patient or survivor, the programme can help you regain energy. Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: https://untire.me/

Becca Breast Cancer Support Breast Cancer Now's Becca app provides specialist support to help you live with, through and beyond breast cancer. Easy-to-use flashcards give information, support and inspiration to anyone struggling to find their "new normal" following diagnosis. Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/support-you/becca

OWise breast cancer Use the OWise breast cancer app to keep track of your treatment and your wellbeing. Record fatigue, appetite, pain and other health facts to spot trends and help improve your care. You can also record conversations with your doctor to listen back to in your own time. Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: https://www.owise.uk

Miiskin Miiskin helps you track any changes in your skin and moles. Take photos over time and compare them side by side to spot any changes. Miiskin sends you reminders and gives you information about the types of things to look for. Miiskin does NOT try to diagnose skin cancer. Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: https://miiskin.com/

MoleCare MoleCare is designed to help you look after your skin. You can use it to check and compare your moles and assess the health of your skin. MoleCare aims to raise awareness about skin health. Speak to a GP as well as using this app if you are worried about your skin or a mole. Download on the App Store Visit: https://www.twoay.co.uk/

Other Cancer Apps

The Velindre Mindfulness App Created by the Psychology and Occupational Therapy teams at Velindre Cancer Centre, Wales, this guided mindfulness and relaxation app is aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing and can be used before, during or after treatment. Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: http://www.velindre-tr.wales.nhs.uk/news/50986


My Cancer Coach App My Cancer Coach provides information about personalised breast, prostate, and colon cancer treatment options to help manage your cancer care.

Price: Free Download on the App Store and Google Play Visit: https://www.mycancercoachapp.org/


* Information compiled by and shared with the permission of the Salford Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Contact us on 0161 206 1455 (Mon-Fri, 8am–4pm) or email salfordcancerinfo@srft.nhs.uk

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