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Resources and links

Listed below are links which may be useful to cancer patients:

After Cancer

After Cancer is a website written by cancer survivor Verite Reily Collins. She shares her experiences and detailed, well-researched information on how cancer affects you during and after treatment and what to do about it.

Visit after-cancer.info

Axminster Care Service

The Axminster Care Service was set up to give help to local organisations and those in need. The aim of the ACS is to cover gaps left by Health and Social Services and provides additional community support such as:
A car service, Tuesday lunch club for elderly housebound, a visiting service for those who live alone and management of the Senior Citizen’s Centre in Church Street. Please see their website for more information.

Visit Axminster Care Service

AboutFace

AboutFace has provided support for almost 20 years to patients who have been diagnosed, or are living with, head and neck cancer. We also help patients’ families. We provide comfort, advice and practical help to those undergoing treatment and those living with the consequences of a challenging recovery.

We serve the Dorset community by offering a unique combination of peer group support and practical befriending provided by compassionate, dedicated volunteers.

AboutFace work closely with the Maxillofacial Department at Poole Hospital, supporting patients and offering training space for doctors learning facial reconstruction. All our charity’s services and support are free to patients. We receive no Government funding but gratefully receive voluntary contributions from local benefactors.

Visit AboutFace
01297 630 400

The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour, to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour is no longer a death sentence.

The Brain Tumour Charoty fights brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life.

Axminster Hospital

Local community hospital offering a variety of services, providing the Scott Rowe Meeting Room for our drop-in sessions.

Visit The Brain Tumour Charity
Call 01225 473 481
Email candy.mccabe@rnhrd.nhs.uk

The Breast Radiotherapy Injury Rehabilitation Service (BRIRS)

BRIRS is a nationwide service for breast cancer survivors living with Brachial Plexus Injury after radiotherapy treatment. This type of injury is rare but BRIS offers free NHS treatment to any patient registered with a GP in England. For further information, please email candy.mccabe@rnhrd.nhs.uk or ring the BRIRS administrator on 01225 473 481.

Bristol Homeopathic Hospital

You can ask your GP for a referral.

Visit their website

Breast Cancer Support – West Dorset

Information and advice about care and support for adults in Bournemouth and Poole.They  have five branches across Dorset and are a very friendly, welcoming group providing support and information. Guest speakers give talks on feel good and associated topics. We provide telephone support in co-operation with health care professionals. Breast care nurses are closely involved with this group.

Visit West Dorset Breast Cancer Support

CANCERactive

CANCERactive is a complementary and integrative cancer charity. Chris Woollams’ latest newsletter covers research on healing your gut, a peptide that attacks cancer cells, preparing yourself for surgery and much else.

Visit chriswoollamshealthwatch.com

Cancer Hair Care

Cancer Hair Care is a charity that aims at helping cancer patients to look good through their illness and into recovery. They try to take the mystery out of hair loss, new hair growth, scalp care, wigs and headscarves. Please visit their website for information, ideas for new looks, support and practical advice.

Visit cancerhaircare.com

Chaplaincy at Dorset County Hospital

Provides a 24 hour service. Person-centred care, a listening ear, confidential support and advocacy for anyone who needs it (of any faith or none), including outpatients.

Email Rev Ron Martin: ron.martin@dchft.nhs.uk

Directory of Services

This directory of services is provided by Dorset Macmillan Health Information & Support Project and will be updated every 6 months.

Download the PDF

Dorset Advocacy

Dorset Advocacy provides a voice for Dorset residents with physical, mental or learning disabilities and those who are frail due to age. The charity helps protect rights and gain equality of opportunity.

Visit dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation supports Dorset based cancer patients and their families as individuals as well as providing grants and financial support to other Dorset based cancer related organisations.

Visit dorsetcancercarefoundation.com

Dorset Mobility Solutions

Dorset Mobility Solutions supports Dorset based cancer patients and their families as individuals as well as providing grants and financial support to other Dorset based cancer related organisations.

Visit dorsetmobilitysolutions.co.uk

Ellie’s Friends

Set up by the Eleonor Rose Foundation in memory of Ellie Jeffery. The site connects individuals and those who care for them with people who have a skill, service or product to offer. Services may be offered free of charge or at a reduced rate to help people living with cancer.

Visit elliesfriends.org

Elizabeth Finn Care

A national charity offering direct financial support to individuals in need. Turn2us helps many individuals to gain access to the money available to them in welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.

Visit turn2us.org.uk

FACT

FACT is a trust that helps women recovering from illness by providing grants covering some medical costs. Please visit their website for further details.

Visit factonline.co.uk

The Force Cancer Centre, Exeter

Our nearest cancer care centre offering many facilities, well worth a visit.

Visit forcecancercharity.co.uk

Fortuneswell Cancer Trust

Supports the Fortuneswell Unit (haematology and chemotherapy) at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, and the Fortuneswell Cancer Ward there.

Visit fortuneswellcancertrust.co.uk

GO Girls Support Group

GO Girls launched in March 2015. Supported by their patron Helen Lederer. Their aims are to help support women with gynaecological cancers, raise awareness of these diseases and campaign for earlier diagnostics and improved treatments.
GO Girls want to ensure all women with gynaecological cancers receive the support they truly deserve on what is often a lonely and difficult journey with survival rates still very low, particularly for those with ovarian cancers.
GO Girls want to ensure all women with gynaecological cancers receive the support they truly deserve on what is often a lonely and difficult journey with survival rates still very low, particularly for those with ovarian cancers.
Visit Go Girls

Hair Loss in Women

Hair Loss in Women is a national health organisation committed to the education and support of women suffering from hair loss.

Visit hairlossinwomen.org

Hospicecare

If you live in Exeter, Mid or East Devon, Hospiscare is your local adult hospice charity. Should you or a loved one need care for any type of terminal illness, their professional team of doctors and nurses are there to help.

Visit Hospicecare

Lewis-Manning Hospice, Poole

Supports patients from diagnosis through to end of life, however short or long that time may be.

Visit lewis-manning.co.uk

The Living Tree, Bridport

The Living Tree offers friendship, creative activities & holistic therapies, relevant diet & lifestyle information for anyone with any cancer. We offer mutual support, helping people cope with the fear, anxiety, isolation or stress that cancer can bring by offering a chance to unwind and share laughter and coping strategies.

Visit The Living Tree

Look Good Feel Better

LGFB is a charity which holds free skin care and make-up workshops to help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and wellbeing. They hold workshops at Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, The Force, Exeter and regular shorter masterclasses at The Living Tree in Bridport.

Visit lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk

LYLAC

LYLAC is a Social Enterprise based in the Hampshire/Dorset area. LYLAC was founded in 2008 by two cancer survivors who are qualified life coaches.

While the two women recognize that most cancer-related information is available (online) these days, what a lot of cancer patients are missing is the experience of a fellow-survivor that doesn’t need any explanation, someone who’s been in the same boat, someone to help them identify personal needs and goals in a professional way. For this purpose LYLAC offers workshops, often in conjunction with Breast Cancer Care or Macmillan.

Visit lylac.net

Lymphedema People

Our Mission:

  • To provide lymphedema information to the people it affects.
  • To inform them about the condition, its causes, complications, and treatments.
  • To share the knowledge that life does not end with lymphedema; there is hope. :-P
  • To share a life with lymphedema that is rich, fulfilling, and very rewarding.

 

Visit Lymphedema People

The Lymphoedema Support Network

A patient-led charity providing information and support for people affected by lymphoedema. They provide telephone information, quarterly newsletters, fact sheets and other lymphoedema-related information.

Visit lymphoedema.org

Macmillan Cancer Support

Provides excellent practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Comprehensive website.

Visit macmillan.org.uk

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

There are no centres in the South West yet.

Visit maggiescentres.org

The MAP Foundation

MAP (Making Arts Personal) provides a place for people to come together as a community to share their artwork and tell their stories. The MAP Foundation was founded in 2002 by artist Michele Angelo Petrone.

Visit makingartpersonal.org

Marie Curie

If you’re living with a terminal illness or caring for someone, Marie Curie Nurses, hospices and support services are here for you.

Visit mariecurie.org

Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma UK is a national specialist resource centre, specifically for the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. The charity is dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and education, and to improving care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients and their carers.

The charity integrates into NHS front line services to ensure specialist mesothelioma nursing is available at the point of need. This is achieved through a growing network of specialist mesothelioma nurses, regionally based in NHS hospitals but funded by Mesothelioma UK.

Visit Mesothelioma UK

My Health My Way

My Health My Way is a non-clinical personal support service for people living in Dorset whose daily lives are affected by a health condition. They provide one-to-one coaching, telephone support, group work, online tools and structured support groups.

The service is provided by My Health Dorset Partnership for the NHS in Dorset.

0303 303 0153
Email info@myhealthdorset.org.uk
Visit myhealthdorset.org.uk

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative

A partnership between the Department of Health and Macmillan Cancer Support, supported by NHS Improvement. Its aim is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.

Visit ncsi.org.uk

NHS Cancer Resources

The link below will take you to the main NHS page for cancer – with links to specific areas and information on the different types and cancer and treatment options.

 

Visit NHS Cancer website

The Penny Brohn Centre, Bristol

Groundbreaking cancer centre supporting men and women affected by cancer at any stage of their illness, as well as their families and supporters. It runs highly recommended residential courses.

Visit pennybrohncancercare.org

Riprap

A support group for young people who have a parent with cancer.

Visit riprap.org.uk

Rising Voices

Rising Voices is a community singing group for people living with and beyond cancer in Dorset, Hants and Wiltshire. In addition to the main choir based in Poole, there is a small singing group in Bridport connected to The Living Tree in Bridport.

Visit risingvoices.org.uk
Visit St Margaret’s Hospice Care

St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Somerset

St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

The SemiColons Bowel Cancer Support

The SemiColons Bowel Cancer Support Group gives support and information to patients and their families, their carers and friends, who have experience of bowel cancer in Dorset.

The group meet socially for a coffee and a chat every month at The Walnut Grove, Dorchester and the Grove Hotel, Bournemouth. They also have an Isle of Purbeck (Swanage) branch who also organise events. Please visit the website for contact details.

The group provides an opportunity to share views, find out more about new developments and further learning, support and social activities. It can also be helpful and encouraging to be in an environment with people who have been through similar experiences.

Visit The SemiColons website

Thyroid Cancer Support West

Patient-led support group. It aims to provide support for anyone affected by thyroid cancer in the West of England. Support is given through meetings and by email. The group is also developing a “buddy” system

Visit thyroidwest.co.uk

Tripudio Movement Systems

Tripudio is movement with a focus on the fluid systems of the body, including the lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system. Principles from manual lymphatic drainage massage are combined with fascia (connective tissue) release techniques and translated into movements.

Tripudio stretches focus on releasing tension, fascia and scar tissue, all of which are thought to inhibit lymphatic health. Tripudio is therefore aimed at post-surgical rehabilitation, such as after breast cancer or prostate cancer.

Visit Tripudio Movement Systems

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

Provides specialist palliative care in north, south and west Dorset, including holistic therapies.

Visit weld-hospice.org.uk

Wessex Cancer Trust

The Trust provides one-off grants for extra expenses to cancer patients within the Wessex region and have two holiday caravans available in New Milton and Weymouth.

Visit wessexcancer.org.uk

World Cancer Research Fund International

In 2014 the World Cancer Research Fund International published this report on Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivors. It examines the influence of certain dietary and life style aspects on the survival rate of people with breast cancer.

Download the report
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