The city of Liverpool was recognised by Public Health England as one of the three most cancer-stricken cities in the country, with Merseyside and Cheshire noted as having a 76% higher cancer mortality rate than the average for Europe. It comes as no surprise that the city has an impressive cancer support network with dozens of organisations support those living with cancer across the city and wider North West. In June 2020 the city also saw its first dedicated cancer hospital open as a branch of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
As part of our City Spotlight, we’ve taken a look at just a handful of the amazing cancer services in Liverpool.
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.
The Daisy Chain
The team at The Daisy Chain offer support for those living with cancer after they have been discharged from hospital. With a 24-hour telephone contact line as well as complementary therapies and support groups, this charity organisation supports those living in Sefton and the surrounding areas.
Set up by the Marina Dalglish appeal, Larks support centre usually offers women living with breast cancer a range of holistic therapy and treatments to ease the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Due to COVID-19 they are working with their patients remotely to offer support and care.
Supporting family members after the loss of a child, Love Jasmine provides practical, emotional and respite support as well as promoting self-care to improve the emotional well-being of the whole family. Since the coronavirus outbreak, services like their parent coffee mornings have switched to video conferencing.
Zoё’s Place is a registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice in LIverpool provides support in a caring, safe, home-from-home environment.
Lyndale Cancer Support Centre
Since 1983, this charity group has provided one-to-one and group support to cancer patients, carers and their families in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment, run solely by volunteers called the Lyndale Cancer Support Centre. The centre offers a range of support groups and therapy treatments in the Knowsley region.
Liverpool Haematology Support Group
The support group welcomes all patients and family members affected by any type of blood cacer including myeloma. It is administered by Leukaemia Care, and is run by the Haematology Counsellor from the Liverpool Royal Hospital. This group allows members to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment journey.
Sunflowers provides a range of support services to those in Merseyside affected by cancer. Their activities and services are aimed at helping people stay physically active and maintain or improve their mental health and wellbeing. At present, most of their exercise & mindfulness sessions are available to join on Facebook Live & YouTube.
Cruse Bereavement Wirral
Cruse offer free support and help to those who are grieving, following the death of someone close to ensure the best for their emotional wellbeing. Due to ongoing social distancing, all Cruse services will be provided over the telephone, email or internet to ensure they safety of those in their care.
If you have used or know of any cancer support services in Liverpool or beyond, visit our website to add a service to our Cancer Care Map