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National cancer support organisations

The following list provides details of additional sources of information and support groups available to patients, families, carers and health care professionals. Web addresses and links are provided.

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) is committed to developing and promoting initiatives that will help professionals stimulate more people to take more activity as part of everyday life.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK's leading charity committed to fighting breast cancer through research and education.

Breast Cancer Care is the UK's leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

Cancer Index is a guide to Internet Resources for Cancer family of Web sites, established 1996, now with over a thousand pages. It is maintained on a voluntary/not-for-profit basis.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) - the UK's leading charity dedicated to cancer research. Their websites have a wealth of information about cancer, our research, how to donate and more ways to support the charity.

Cancerbackup is europe's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 web pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Department of Health The aim of the Department of Health (DH) is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in England. About us explains DH’s work, structure and responsibilities.

Dipex is aimed not only at patients, their carers, family and friends but as a teaching resource for health professionals. The website contains interviews with everyday people about their own experiences of serious illness, health problems or health related matters.

Gynae C aims to support women with any form of gynaecological cancer, their partner, family and friends at an obvious crisis point in their lives.

Health Information east London
Our aim is to improve the health of local people living in Tower Hamlets in east London. We want to reduce inequalities in health and modernise services for local people.

Jo's Trust is acharity dedicated to fighting cervical cancer. Jo’s Trust primary activity is providing online cervical cancer information and counselling. James and Jo Maxwell established the Trust in 1999 with the belief that it could make a difference to the lives of women and their families affected by pre-cancer and cancer of the cervix.

The Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) takes the lead role in educating and supporting other patients with this condition by providing a high standard of information and promoting self-help.

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Macmillan Cancer Voices is a UK-wide network that helps people who have or have had cancer, their loved ones and carers to speak out about their experience of cancer.

Marie Stopes International UK is the country's leading reproductive healthcare charity, helping over 112,000 women and men each year. With nine specialist centres and a network of GP partners the organisation is the first choice for those seeking expert help and advice.

The National Electronic Library for Health programme is working with NHS Libraries to develop a digital library for NHS staff, patients and the public.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

NHS Cancer Screening - a website providing information about NHS breast, cervical and other screening programmes.

NHS Direct - NHS Direct staff can provide information on a wide range of healthcare topics – from helping you to find out more about diagnosed conditions and treatments to giving details of local health services. The NHS Direct telephone service is on tel: 0845 46 47.

NHS UK provides information about NHS services, news, how to find your local services including doctors, denstists, opticians, pharmacies, hospitals and social care services.

Ovacome is a UK-wide support network providing information and support for everyone affected by ovarian cancer. This site is designed for women with ovarian cancer, their families, friends and carers, and health professionals. It includes real-life stories about how other people have coped with the disease and information about treatment, screening and research. There are also opportunities to contact other people with ovarian cancer.

The Menopause Amarant Trust is a charity that aims to help women deal with problems they might experience while going through the menopause.

Daisy Network: Premature Menopause Support Group – this is a free confidential service for women who have had an early menopause induced as a result of surgery or chemotherapy.

VACOVulval Awareness Campaign organisation - provides support and information via telephone and email to women with vulval cancer.