A Guide To Cancer Charities And Organisations In The UK

A Guide To Cancer Charities And Organisations In The UK

Cancer is one of the five most common killers in the UK. In 2016 the various forms of the disease were responsible for 163,444 premature deaths across the country. There are more than 200 different types of cancers and over our lifetimes, around a third of people will suffer some form of the disease. However today half of those who do develop a form of cancer will survive for a decade or more after diagnosis.

Much of the great work which has been and continues to be done in terms of cancer research, the development of treatments, and in terms of help and support given to victims of cancer is by cancer charities.

In this article we have included a directory of some of the largest, most prominent, active, or well known cancer charities in the UK. Many of the different organisations and associations below are active in researching cancer treatments or concerned with looking after patients and their families. Some focus on a single form of cancer, such as breast cancer charities, whilst others support people across all forms of the disease.

Cancer Charity Statistics

Before getting to the cancer charities and cancer support organisations directory, we will first look at some headline statistics around cancer in the UK. How many cancer charities are there in the UK? It is difficult to find accurate and up-to-date statistics for the number of cancer charities in the UK there are today. At the turn of the century there were estimated to be as many as 620 different organisations helping people coping with cancer or researching treatments.

Looking at the largest of cancer charity in the UK, Cancer Research UK, we can see that the organisation provides a large amount of funding and support across a range of services and fields.

Some statistics for cancer charities in the UK show

  • Cancer Research UK spent £413 million in the 2017/18 financial year.
  • Cancer charities fund 60% of all cancer research in the UK
  • Charities fund 40% of all medical research in the UK

To find out more about cancer as a condition, such as symptoms you should be aware of and when and where to get treatment, see this NHS guide.

List Of Cancer Charities And Organisations In The UK

Below we have included a cancer charities, UK, list. This list includes cancer charities and cancer information, advice, and support services who work across the UK. We include some background on what services the charity provides, and how they help people. We have also included their contact information and where you can find them online.

For more information, just click on the individual cancer charity and you will be taken through to their website.

Cancer support organisations directory

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer charity operating in the UK. As a charity, they support research worth over £400 million per year, supporting research at 90 different institutions across the country. In addition to funding doctors, nurses and scientists, they also work to educate the public.

Cancer Research UK
PO BOX 1561
Oxford OX4 9GZ

Cancer Related Questions: 0808 800 4040 | Call Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Email: supporter.services@cancer.org.uk
Website: www.cancerresearchuk.org

Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support is another of the largest cancer charities in the UK. The work to improve the lives of those who are coping with cancer. Macmillan cancer support charity provides support in terms of practical help, medical support and nurses, as well as financial assistance and help to victims of cancer and their families. They also work to increase awareness of cancers through information services.
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Head Office
89 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7UQ

Phone: 0808 808 0000 | Call Monday – Friday, 9am to 8pm
Textphone for the blind: 0808 808 0121
Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

Action Cancer
Serving the people of Northern Ireland, Action Cancer is the regions main cancer charity providing support and information. As well as having a full time clinic, Action Cancer also provides mobile services offering cancer screenings as well as counselling services which are free at the point of use. The charity also provides funding for a research team at the University of Ulster’s Queen’s University.

Action Cancer House
20 Windsor Avenue
Belfast
BT9 6EE

Phone: 028 9080 3344
Email: info@actioncancer.org
Website: www.actioncancer.org

Anthony Nolan
The Anthony Nolan cancer charity helps to match people who are able and willing to donate tissue such as stem cells, blood, or bone marrow, for people who have blood disorders, such as blood cancer, and who need such transplants to save their life.

2 Heathgate Place
75-87 Agincourt Road
London
NW3 2NU

General enquiries: 0303 303 0303
Website: www.anthonynolan.org

Marie Curie
Marie Curie provides care and support to victims of cancer through a UK wide network of hospices. The organisation helps as many as 40,000 people a year throughout the country, by providing care for people, either in a hospice, or in the person’s own home. Care can be provided in the day or night, and is provided for free.

Head Office:
89, Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7TP

Support line: 0800 090 2309 | Call 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday & 11am – 5pm on Saturday.
Website: www.mariecurie.org.uk

Maggie’s Centres
Maggie’s Centres is a cancer charity which runs centres across the country. These centres offer both support and care to people with cancer. Maggie’s Centres run in conjunction with NHS cancer services at hospitals and are staffed by specialists. Maggie’s also offers support groups and services such as stress management, relaxation classes as well as those on general nutrition and health.

Maggie’s
The Stables
Western General Hospital
Crewe Road
Edinburgh
EH4 2XU

Phone: 0300 123 1801
Email: enquiries@maggiescentres.org
Website: www.maggiescentres.org

Penny Brohn
This Bristol based cancer charity offer complementary care services to people across the UK. Penny Brohn UK offers help and support to both people with cancer, and to their families & friends. This approach is called ‘The Bristol Whole Life Approach’. Part of their approach is to provide people with information about how to have a balanced diet to aid recovery.

Chapel Pill Lane
Pill
Bristol
BS20 0HH

Telephone: 0303 3000 118 | Call Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5pm
Email: info@pennybrohn.org.uk & helpline@pennybrohn.org.uk
Website: www.pennybrohn.org.uk

Cancer Support Scotland
Cancer Support Scotland is one of the leading cancer charities in Scotland. They provide services such as education, care and general support to people who are living and coping with the effects of cancer. In addition, they can provide information to the friends and family of someone with cancer, and help to educate those working in healthcare

Cancer Support Scotland Centre
75 Shelley Road
Glasgow
G12 0ZE

Telephone: 0141 337 8199
Email: info@cancersupportscotland.org
Website: www.cancersupportscotland.org

Breast Cancer Care
As a leading breast cancer charity in the UK, Breast Cancer Care works across three main focus areas. These include campaigning for better breast cancer care, raising awareness and educating people through their website and other publications, and by supporting the victims of cancer through face-to-face and group meetings, better access to nurses, and a smartphone application. They are also one of the main cancer charities in Scotland.

Breast Cancer Care
Chester House
1–3 Brixton Road
London
SW9 6DE

Telephone: 0345 092 0800
Website: www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Breast Cancer UK
The aim of Breast Cancer UK is to prevent people from developing breast cancer in the first place. They aim to do so by raising awareness of the preventable risk factors surrounding breast cancer, and provide those at risk with actionable steps to to reduce those risks. They also support further research in to the risk factors around breast cancers.

Breast Cancer UK
BM Box 7767
London
WC1N 3XX

Email: info@breastcanceruk.org.uk
Phone: 0845 680 1322
Website: www.breastcanceruk.org.uk

Prostate Cancer UK
The aim of this cancer charity is to prevent men from being killed by prostate cancer. They aim to do this by pushing science to focus on improvements in the treatment and diagnosis, as well as the prevention of prostate cancers.

Prostate Cancer UK,
Fourth floor, The Counting House,
53 Tooley Street,
London,
SE1 2QN

Telephone: 020 3310 7000
Website: https://prostatecanceruk.org

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation provides information, help, support, and advice to people who have lung cancer, as well as to their family and friends. As well as providing information and support, they also help campaign for further resources for lung cancer and fund over £1 million pounds of research into lung cancer each year.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation,
Cotton Exchange Building,
Old Hall Street,
Liverpool,
L3 9LQ

Contact form: www.roycastle.org/contact
Website: www.roycastle.org

Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK is a cancer charity operates across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They are the UK’s leading bowel cancer charities. They campaign for better education and early diagnosis or treatment of bowel cancer. They also help to fund research into bowel cancer.

Bowel Cancer UK
Unit 202, Edinburgh House
170 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5DP

Telephone: 020 7940 1760
General email enquiries: admin@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Nursing enquiries: nurse@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Website: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is a nationally active cancer charity who works to help families deal with cancer affecting their children.

Telephone: 0300 330 0803
Support Services team: www.clicsargent.org.uk/contact-us/#
Website: www.clicsargent.org.uk

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust works with young people who are recovering from cancer and cancer treatment. They support those aged from 8 – 24 years old by taking them sailing. These activities are designed to help children and young people to rebuild their confidence.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Units 53-57 East Cowes Marina
Off Britannia Way
East Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO32 6DG

Telephone: 01983 297750
Email: info@emcancertrust.org
Website: www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org

Leukaemia UK
Each year 34,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Leukaemia. As well as supporting people who are suffering with Leukaemia, they provide support through the financial, psychological, and physical problems encountered. They also help to fund research into better treatment for blood disorders such as myeloma, lymphoma, and leukaemia.

Leukaemia UK
32-36 Loman Street,
London SE1 0EH
Phone : 020 7922 7982
Contact form: www.leukaemiauk.org.uk/contact
Website: www.leukaemiauk.org.uk

Children With Cancer UK
Children with Cancer UK are the leading cancer charity in the UK dedicated to fighting childhood cancers. Their simple aim is to prevent children from dying from cancers. The charity works to raise awareness of childhood cancers, fund welfare projects for children and families, and by funding research into cancers affecting children.

51 Great Ormond Street,
London,
WC1N 3JQ

Telephone: 020 7404 0808 | Call Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Email: info@childrenwithcancer.org.uk
Website: www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is currently the only dedicated cervical cancer trust helping women, their families and their friends deal with cervical cancers. The charity engages in public awareness and education campaigns, and pushes for more women to have access to cervical screenings.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust,
CAN Mezzanine,
7-14 Great Dover Street,
London,
SE1 4YR

Helpline 0808 802 8000
Email: info@jostrust.org.uk
Website: www.jostrust.org.uk

Pancreatic Cancer UK
Pancreatic Cancer UK engages in providing information and support to those dealing with pancreatic cancers, campaigns to change government and healthcare policy in the UK, and fund globally leading research using cutting edge science to work towards cures.

Pancreatic Cancer UK
Westminster Tower
3 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7SP

Freephone 0808 801 0707
Email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk
Website: www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

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