There’s a lot of information, advice and support to help you deal with the effects of cancer and your treatment, and support from other people who have had cancer (also called peer support).
Sheffield NHS services include:
- Support from your GP.
Often people's cancer journey begins with a referral by their GP to a specialist hospital team. You should not have to wait more than 2 weeks to see a specialist if your GP urgently refers you. The NHS website has detailed advice on different types of cancer and spotting signs of cancer.
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Support for patients and outpatients, specialist advice on chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and physiotherapy.
- Weston Park Hospital.
Part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Weston Park is one of just 3 dedicated cancer hospitals in the country. They offer information advice and support for patients, family and friends at the Cancer Information and Support Centre.
The Weston Park Cancer Charity offers advice from healthcare professionals on side effects or treatments, benefits advice, and a listening ear if you just want to talk. They have daily drop-in sessions, and offer complementary therapies, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and Mindfulness sessions.
Charities, voluntary and community organisations
Cavendish Cancer Care is a local charity which supports people who are living with cancer, including support for their families. As well as the chance to talk in confidence, Cavendish offers relaxation classes, a wide range of complementary therapies and counselling to support recovery. Support is provided free of charge. They also run a free Buddy Scheme where trained volunteers who have either had cancer themselves or have cared for someone with cancer can phone you to offer some additional support.
Cavendish Cancer Care: Your experts in cancer support.
Call (0114) 278 4600.
Macmillan helps people who are living with cancer, giving specialist health care, information and practical, emotional and financial support. Their work helps people diagnosed with cancer lead as healthy and active a life as possible. This includes getting care and support that works for you and those close to you, and support to manage your recovery.
Macmillan: Cancer information and support.
Call 0808 808 0000.
Age UK Sheffield Cancer Support Service.
If you’re living with or recovering from cancer, or if you’re caring for someone with cancer, you might need a little extra support to help you to regain your independence. Maybe you can't do everything you’d like to after a recent hospital stay? Or maybe you’re finding it harder to get out and meet friends?
Age UK’s Cancer Support Independent Living Service is a three-month package of support. Highly trained cancer support independent living coordinators will help you and your family achieve your independence. Support can include organising aids and adaptations for your home, increased benefits where eligible, or connecting you up to local activities and transport.
The service is free, and supported by Weston Park Cancer Charity and Macmillan. It’s targeted at people aged 50 or over in Sheffield who are living with and beyond cancer.
Age UK Sheffield: Cancer support.
Call (0114) 250 2850.
Advice on coping with cancer and other illnesses, including keeping good mental health and tools to help cope with a range of cancers and their effects on you.
Sheffield Mind: Focus on Cancer awareness.