Cancer Support Services in Glasgow | City Spotlight

21 August 2020 - by David Allen

As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is not only home to the largest cancer centre in the country, but also an abundance of support services for those living with cancer in and around the city. 

For our latest City Spotlight, we’ve taken a look at just a handful of the amazing services in Glasgow.

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the services available may be subject to change or on temporarily suspended. Contact the organisations directly to find out more.

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland is dedicated to the people of Scotland whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer and associated tumours. This includes the person diagnosed, their family, friends, carers, and those who have lost a loved one. As well as promoting awareness of pancreatic cancer through advertising and with awareness events they offer support services including complementary therapies, mindfulness courses and counselling to those affected by a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

The Beatson Cancer Centre

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is located in the heart of Glasgow and provides thousands of cancer patients across the west of Scotland with the most cutting-edge equipment, treatments and surroundings to fight cancer. Designed to create a calm, relaxing and therapeutic environment for patients to improve their well-being and enhance their recuperation, the Beatson also offers complementary therapies, emotional support can and offers advice on all areas affected by cancer.

CHAS – Robin House

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, or CHAS as they are better known has for over twenty years been offering a full family support service for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Providing a ‘home from home’ for families it has a range of facilities including a hydrotherapy room, large accessible garden and lots of areas for relaxing and fun. It also has areas for reflection, bereavement support and care. 

Carer’s Trust Scotland

Founded nearly 30 years ago the Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. People can find information on benefits and finances, being a young carer, sitting and befriending services, respite care, employment and study support and healthcare for carers and their loved ones. They also offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.

Beatson Cancer Charity

As well as well-being support services, the Beatson Cancer Charity and their Specialist Health & Work Service (SHAWS) support those affected by cancer with any kind of issues relating to work while living with cancer. Comprised of expert practitioners experienced in health & work issues, they advise on all areas whether you wish to return to work, give up work or seek new employment. 

Maggie’s Centre – Glasgow

A cancer diagnosis can turn life upside down. Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow aims to help people take back control, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries. Services include support groups, wellbeing workshops, complementary therapies and welfare and benefits advice. All their support is free, and you can book an appointment via their website or drop in if you’re at the hospital. Additional help and support is available virtually online.

If you have used or know of any cancer support services in Glasgow or beyond, visit our website to add a service to our Cancer Care Map.

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