This page brings together a number of websites and resources designed to support patients, their carers, friends, and family through a diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
A new video from South East London Cancer Alliance (SELCA) patients is sharing practical tips on how to overcome some of the concerns and make the best of your virtual consultations. Watch the video here.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Dimbleby Cancer Care is a support and information service based at Guy’s Cancer Centre for patients and their carers from south east London and west Kent. The staff work closely with the clinical teams to make sure you have all the information and support you need while having cancer treatment at Guy's and St Thomas'.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Macmillan drop-in cancer information centre at King’s College Hospital provides help and support if you are living with – or have survived – cancer. They also can assist your carers, your relatives and your friends.
- Telephone: 078 1339 9714 to speak to a member of the team, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
The Macmillan advice and guidance service is based at the University Hospital Lewisham. They work with clinical nurse specialists to provide holistic care to cancer patients, including phone support, information, and recommending cancer support resources and services.
Having cancer can affect all aspects of life, including relationships, work, finance, emotional wellbeing. Social prescribing can help with concerns in these areas, by providing things like access to health and wellbeing support, help with exercise and diet, financial advice or help with housing issues.
Social prescribing is now available in all areas of south east London enabling people to access help with facing difficulties close to home.
The Healthy London Partnership produced this useful video on what social prescribing is.
Your GP can refer you to a social prescriber and in some boroughs you can self refer. More information about your local social prescribing service can be found here under 'Social prescribing borough contacts'.
After some types of cancer treatment, people can develop lymphoedema.
According to the NHS website: ‘Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs.
It develops when the lymphatic system does not work properly. The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid.
It's important that lymphoedema is identified and treated as soon as possible. If it is not treated, it can get worse.’
For more information please see our partner, North & East London Care Partnership's, website.
If you have been referred for treatment, we have some useful resources available while you are waiting to be seen:
- UK NHS Lymphoedema Network Wales specialists and patients have created a collection of 13 short films to help you understand and manage your lymphoedema.
- Cancer Wellbeing London have produced a series of videos demonstrating exercises for patients with lymphoedema’
- LymphConnect is an online platform to help patients manage their lymphoedema and link with other patients for support.
Cancer Wellbeing London advertises cancer health and wellbeing information activities and seminars run by the NHS in your area. There are short videos providing advice on common concerns and there are links to the major cancer charities.
The Cancer Care Map is an online directory that helps people find cancer care and support services in their local area.
Cancer Research UK has a range of resources to manage the emotional, physical and practical effects of cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support offer emotional, physical and financial support from the moment you’re diagnosed.
Borough wellbeing hubs
A number of the south east London boroughs provide information and support for residents’ wellbeing.
NHS Live Well
NHS Live Well provides advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.