Professional body representing ear, nose and throat surgery
Changing Faces Changing Faces

Practical and emotional support for people and families who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. Also runs skin camouflage service.

Smokefree - giving up smoking Smokefree

Expert advice and encouragement from specialist advisers on how to give up smoking.

Head & neck cancer – what can I tell you?

The Head & Neck patient support group at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre has produced a series of short videos about treatment of and recovery from head and neck cancer.

Click on the title you would like to view.

Diagnosis Work and finance Dry mouth
Making the mask Eating after treatment Speech
Coping with radiotherapy PEG tube Carers
Chemotherapy Mouthcare Services

Please note: the support group and two-day workshop mentioned in these videos are not currently running [October 2022]. 

Macmillan Cancer Support has also made a 360° video about radiotherapy for head and neck cancer:

Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer - 360° (VR)

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

Support groups

People who have cancer often say that, during their illness, they experience a wide range of emotions. Many find it to be an anxious and confusing time. There are many people who understand and who can help you – you don’t need to struggle alone.

Support groups offer a safe environment for you to talk about your concerns, share feelings and gain support. They provide an opportunity to talk to people who really know what you’re going through – because they’ve been there too. No-one will pressure you to talk if you don’t want to. Whether you choose to share or not, meeting people who’ve been through a similar experience can help make you feel less isolated and alone.

Each group is different. Some meet in informal settings and others meet in larger venues. They may offer a range of services, such as meetings, telephone helplines, drop-in centres, home visiting, information and practical help. Some groups can also help those who care about you: your family and friends.

For details of local support groups:

Online community

Macmillan Cancer Support online community

Provides a place to meet other people going through a similar experience, ask questions and share your own thoughts.

The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Group runs local support groups and a support line which you may find helpful.

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.

Cancer Black Care Cancer Black Care

Aims to address the cultural and emotional needs of people affected by cancer.

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.


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.