Famous for it’s beloved beach and pier, Brighton is a vibrant city for those that live and visit. Cancer incidence however has been on the rise in recent years and the city has seen an increase in support services for those living with cancer in the area.
Our latest City Spotlight takes a look at just a few of those cancer support services in the city of Brighton.
Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the services available may be subject to change or temporarily suspended. Contact the organisations directly to find out more.
Macmillan Horizon Cancer
A calm, friendly and welcoming place offering support so people affected by cancer in Sussex can still live their life. It provides psychological and emotional support though counselling services and complementary therapies in person, online or by phone. The centre is still open during the current lockdown, but therapies and group activities are suspended. They have however created a comprehensive package of online and phone support for during the pandemic.
Brighton Brain Tumour Support Group
A support group run by Bright Sparks that is open to anyone affected by a brain tumour, including carers and relatives. They provide useful and practical advice plus peer support and the opportunity to share experiences with others. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Macmillan Centre, but do contact them before attending due to the present climate. However, the charity does offer both online support groups and telephone support groups as an alternative.
Park Centre for Breast Care – Brighton
Located near Preston Park in Brighton this NHS Trust provide a wide range of services and support for those affected by breast cancer including diagnostic and therapeutic services. Services include benign breast surgery and breast cancer surgery, including breast reconstructions, and they are equipped with the latest mammography equipment. They co-ordinate and manage breast screening for Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. You can make an appointment or speak to someone via the website.
Brighton Leukaemia Virtual Support Group
This is a Brighton support group run by chronic myeloid leukaemia (CLL) patient, Steve Colbourne. Because of the pandemic all face to face sessions have been cancelled but there are a series of virtual group meetings offering a place online to share experiences and meet others going through the same journey, within the comfort of your own home. Register your interest online for their next group session.
BRCA Brighton Support Group
This group offers support to women who have or have had breast or ovarian cancer and who are also carries of the faulty BRCA 1 & 2 gene. Usually based out of the Macmilland Centre, they are now continuing to meet online once a month and continue to support each other via their Facebook page; search for BRCA Brighton on Facebook. If you would like to join the monthly meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be in touch.
Cruse Bereavement Brighton and Hove
A nationwide charity with a centre in Brighton that provides support to those who have been bereaved. Services are free of charge and include confidential one to one meeting, telephone support and email support for people of all ages and no matter when you were bereaved. At the moment due to Covid-19, all services are being provided over the phone, for more information on support offered please contact the service via the website or 01273 234007.
If you have used or know of any cancer support services in Brighton or beyond, visit our website to add a service to our Cancer Care Map.