Shine Cancer Support Shine Cancer Support
Support, information and networks for cancer patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s

There are a number of organisations that offer holidays and breaks for younger cancer patients:

Willow Foundation Willow Foundation
Special days for young people (aged 16-40) with a life-threatening illness
Youth Cancer Trust Holidays Youth Cancer Trust Holidays
Provides support and free activity holidays in Bournemouth for young people (14-30 years) living with cancer.

There is a considerable amount of support available for people affected by cancer, from practical and emotional support to financial grants and self-help courses.

Please do ask a member of the LJMC team for information about any services that are available to help you.

Support groups

A diagnosis of cancer may leave you feeling shocked and scared. There are many people who understand and who can help you – you don’t need to struggle alone.

Support groups are usually self-help groups for people affected by cancer to share feelings and gain mutual support. They offer a range of services, such as meetings, telephone helplines, drop-in centres, home visiting, information and practical help.

They provide an opportunity to talk to people who really know what you’re going through.

There are many local groups, some of which meet at Mount Vernon Hospital. Ask your specialist nurse if there’s a suitable one for you or follow the link below:

Find a local support group
Macmillan Cancer Support

Provides information on all aspects of cancer and its treatments including medical, practical and financial issues. Also runs an online community.

Cancer Research UK Cancer Research UK

Funds research into cancer. Provides information on cancer and its treatments.

HealthTalk HealthTalk

Includes videos in which patients share their experiences of cancer.

Lab Tests Online Lab Tests Online UK

A site to help you understand the clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cancer.

NHS NHS

Comprehensive health information service to help put you in control of your healthcare.

Patient.info Patient.info

Provides evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals.