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. The video will be shown in the box below.

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

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.


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.