Cancer Support Services in Manchester | City Spotlight

25 November 2020 - by David Allen

Cancer survival rates in the city of Manchester are improving and have aligned with those across the rest of England over the last 5 years. With an increase in cancer care in the region, there have been a number of cancer support services pop up across the city and wider county area.

Our latest City Spotlight takes a look at just a handful of the amazing services on offer.

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 Cancer Support Information Centre – Manchester Royal Infirmary

The Macmillan Information and Support Centre at the Manchester Royal Free Infirmary offers free and confidential information and support in a relaxed and comfortable environment about all aspects of cancer on everyone it affects. They can talk to you about prevention, what do you following a diagnosis and living with cancer. Services include: counselling, benefits advice, self-help and support, practical support and courses and workshops. Staff are still available for telephone and email support and in some cases, may be able to offer face to face or video support during Covid 19.

Living with and Beyond Cancer Support Group

Drop in sessions organised by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust for people living with cancer or its after effects. This support group offers a chance to talk with other people in a similar situation at Fallowfield Manchester in a relaxed environment with an art therapist and refreshments. Please contact lwbc.projectteam@mft.nhs.uk for more information.

Out with Prostate Cancer

A support group primarily for gay and bisexual men, trans women and all those affected by a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The group usually meets the first Saturday of every month at The Lesbian and Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre and offers emotional comfort and support and practical information rather than medical help. Because of Covid restrictions, the meetings are currently being held via the internet. Please check website for more information. 

Maggie’s Centre Manchester

A support centre providing both group and individual help for those with or affected by all forms of cancer. They provide practical information and advice, various activities and a space to meet and share experiences with others. Services include support groups, welfare and benefits advice, wellbeing workshops and complementary therapies or you can just stop by for a chat and a cup of tea with people who understand. Please visit the website for more details and what service are on offer at the moment.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation – Salford Support Group

The Roy Castle Foundation provides information and support specifically for lung cancer patients including practical advice, bereavement support and advice, support groups, information days and support to quit smoking not only for patients but also for their families. The group usually meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month but please call 0161 206 1498 to check details and if you have any questions about lung cancer.

Natter Group for Neuroendocrine Cancer – Manchester

A support group offering help and advice for all those with or affected by different forms of neuroendocrine cancer. The service is run by nurse specialists and other people living with the illness who offer expert-endorsed guidance, support, education, and information to anyone affected by Neuroendocrine Cancer. Over the phone, online or face-to-face. All groups offer refreshments and are free to attend. Please contact hello@nc-uk.org for up to date information about meetings. 

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

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