When your cancer treatment ends, many people assume that’s it. You’re done with cancer. You’re back to ‘normal’. But we know that’s not true. Cancer has a long-lasting impact on your physical and mental health, as well as your personal and working life. Our support services are free and available for as long as you need them.
Practical advice and support for your remission period
When your cancer treatment ends, it’s easy to feel unsupported. All the help that was on-hand suddenly disappears. And even if you’re in remission, the side effects of your cancer or your cancer treatments can still affect your daily life. Our Support Line can help – please ring us to speak with a member of the nursing team. When you’ve got questions and concerns, simply pick up the phone and call free on 0808 808 1010 or use our Ask the Nurse form to put your thoughts down in writing.
Going through cancer treatment can affect your finances and your work life. Our Advisors are here to help offer support and advice with financial and practical matters.
Grants and benefits
When you’re living beyond cancer, you might need additional financial support to help you to return to work, or manage daily life. Our team of Benefits Advisors can explain what financial support is available. Contact our Advice Team through our free Support Line on 0808 808 1010 or through our Ask the Advisor form.
Returning to work
As you’ve been having your cancer treatment, you might have had to take time off from your job. Talk to your Manager and your HR team, about the best way for you to come back to work, and consider phasing your return or initially reducing your hours. For more advice on work and cancer there is information available here.
As well as help with money and benefits, our Advisors can help you with practical matters like transport, insurance and planning for the future.
Emotional wellbeing for carers
On finishing treatment, it’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions. It’s easy to feel a bit lost, or struggle to know how to move forward. It’s important to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing You can find emotional support through The Counselling Directory which has details of local counsellors and therapists. Other websites such as mind.org.uk also have useful information and advice.
Our support services can help you cope, as well bringing you together with others who understand what you’re going through.
Our Tele-friend Service
We want to make sure we help you as much as we can through these difficult times and as part of this, we have recruited Tele-friend volunteers who can be matched with you so you can have a regular phone calls to lift your spirits and chat to someone friendly outside of your own home.
You can read more about this service here.
Sing with Us
Our Sing with Us choirs are for anyone affected by cancer, but many of our members have had cancer in the past. It’s a great way to lift your spirits, reduce anxiety and depression and meet new people who understand your experiences.
You don’t need to read music, or be a great singer. Just be willing to have a go and join in. You can come along to choir for as long as you need it. Find out more about our Sing with Us choirs.
Watch our video to find out more about our Sing with Us choirs.