Below you’ll find a continually-updated list of organisations and support groups I’ve come across during my cancer battle. I can’t vouch for them all personally, but know from a combination of my own and others’ experiences that these networks can be invaluable.
General Cancer Organisations
Macmillan Cancer Support: Improves the lives of people affected by cancer. It provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care. They also have a pretty active forum full of interesting and useful posts and people!
Cancer Research UK: The largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. They fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to treatment and prevention, and produce a load of handy information for everyone affected by cancer.
Maggie’s Centres: A national organisation which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.
Marie Curie: Provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. Runs 9 centres (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.
Young Adult Cancer Support Organisations
Shine Cancer Support: A UK charity that exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. Active Facebook community which I can definitely recommend!
Trekstock: From exercise support, practical advice and an active online & offline community, Trekstock exist to ensure that no young adult has to face cancer alone. Active Facebook community which I can definitely recommend!
The Youth Cancer Trust: Provides support and free activity holidays for young people (aged 14 to 30) diagnosed and living with cancer or any malignant disease, from anywhere in the UK and the Irish Republic, or who are patients of any UK hospital.