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FIND IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR JOURNEY.

We look for relevant cancer information and resources that can help you find support and make important decisions.   ​

Macmillan Butterfly Center Epsom Hospital

We have a comprehensive cancer library offering high quality information on all aspects of cancer. We offer emotional support, complementary therapies and counselling. We also run a “Managing the cancer experience” course twice a year, which is an educational programme for patients and carers run over 7 weeks. Our “New You”, Image workshop aims to give patients tips on clothing styles that suit, shopping tips, make-up tips, etc. to help them gain confidence when they need it most. We also offer the Look Good Feel Masterclass workshops for patients who need help with managing appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The center is open to patients and their families.Workshops are only open to patients and are currently held at Epsom Hospital.  Find out more.

 

Cancer Information Nurses

Contact our nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  Find out more.

Cancer Chat via Cancer Research UK

Visit our forum to talk to other people affected by cancer. Find out more.

Information Including Clinical Trials Database

Reliable, easy to understand patient information from Cancer Research UK. Find our more.

Are You Experiencing Domestic Violence?

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Find out more.

Understanding Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can help restore the look and feel of the breast after a mastectomy. Performed by a plastic surgeon, breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy ("immediate") or at a later date ("delayed"). Find out more.

What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re probably hoping to hear your doctor use the word “remission.” It marks a major turn in your care and long-term health. But it’s more complicated than simply being done with treatment. Find out more.

Understanding Overian Cancer

Ovarian cancer warning signs include ongoing pain or cramps in the belly or back, abnormal vaginal bleeding, nausea, and bloating. Depending on the cancer stage, ovarian cancer treatment includes surgery and chemotherapy.  Find out more.

 

Adoption and Cancer

The moral questions surrounding adoption after cancer are similar to the concerns about having more biological children after a cancer diagnosis. When you adopt or carry a pregnancy to term, you are assuming a responsibility to raise the child to adulthood. A key consideration is whether you (and your spouse) will be alive and physically able to raise the child. Find out more.

Feel Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is the only international cancer support charity, providing practical and very effective free services for women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects from cancer treatment.  LGFB is dedicated to improving the wellbeing and self-confidence of people undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Many beneficiaries tell us that LGFB helped them regain a sense of control and normality at a time when diagnosis and treatment had taken over their lives. Find out more.

Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership – This is a free legal advice and advocacy service for disabled and elderly people. Tel: 01483 750973. A recent client has been very happy with their service. They have helped her to make a compensation claim against a company as well as help her set up a 5 year debt repayment plan.  Find out more.
 

Crossroads – Crossroads now provide an end of life service (as well as a sitting service to support carers.) This is a free service is provided for those caring for someone with a life limiting illness during the last year of their life. This is funded by the NHS. Find out more. 

 

Equipment - VASD offer a loan service for equipment, including RTSs, commodes, perching stool, mowbrays, shower seat, bathlifts and wheelchairs. There is a small charge.They also have a new scheme for helping people to purchase scooters, giving advice and information and paying for the servicing for the first 3 years. Basically it is an interest free loan, after which it becomes their own. FInd out more. 

 

VASD Holidays – The VASD have a canal boat based on the Grand Union canal that has been adapted with remote control steering, hoists and level access showers, hospital bed, etc. It sleeps 8 and you can hire a skipper as well. They also can award 6 bursary holidays a year for families with a disabled member, where they would otherwise not have a holiday. Cost is £750 a week in low season and £850 in high season. Find out more.

 

Kent and Medway Cancer Collaborative.  The KMCC team consist of several teams including Informatics, Pharmacy, Service Improvement and Patient and Public Involvement. Working closely with all healthcare professionals, Clinical Commissioning Groups and a network of stakeholders, we have a high level of communication and share best practice across Kent and Medway. We have strengthened our relationships to ensure efficient and committed service improvement through a variety of meetings including Tumour site meetings and Operational & Quality. Find out more.
 

Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) - Surrey County Council has formed a partnership arrangement with the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) allowing Surrey residents to have access to a choice of independent financial advisers who cover a wide range of topics to meet the needs of older and disabled people. Some residents may benefit from independent financial advice around care choices especially those who already pay for their own care without council support. People often make a decision to move into a residential home too early or without understanding all the options available to them. The Society of Later Life Advisors (SOLLA) website provides local Surrey advisers. Please note that some services they provide are free, others are chargeable. Find out more. 

 

Express Delivery - is a fully licensed NHS Pharmacy. They have a dedicated team who are fully committed to customer care, providing medicines, mobility aids and healthcare products, as well as answering any and all health related questions. They provide an easy to use NHS Service which enables patients to order their medication without hassle and with free delivery. Medications can be ordered through our website or by phone. Find out more. 

 

Volunteer Dog Walking from VAMS  - Dog walkers for people (in Mole Valley) who are finding it hard to exercise their pets but don’t want to loose the companionship. Find out more.
 

Funding - SSAFA - Military Armed Forces Charity.  Will act as a middle man to get possible funding from a number of military sources.  All serving members and former members, and their families, of all ranks of the Armed Forces who have received one day’s pay in one or more  are elligible. Leatherhead/Dorking area referrals handled by Fiona Garrett: 07798778051  and/or email to: safadlew@gmail.com. 

 

Funding - Elizabeth Finn Trust -  Support is there to assist people to pay for the things they vitally need, take charge of their lives once more, and plan for the future. Help is provided to people whose former careers have been interrupted or ended through circumstances beyond their control: physical or mental illness, redundancy, family breakdown, or those struggling on low income in retirement. Grants are offered to eligible people who have less than £4,000 in savings and, lacking enough household income, find themselves in financial hardship.  Find out more. 

 

Transport for patients - If you have medical needs that mean you need help with transport to and from a hospital appointment or when you are being admitted to, or discharged from, hospital, you may be able to get help from the Patient Transport Service. The service is run by the NHS. If you don’t qualify for help from the Patient Transport Service, there may be a local scheme that you can apply to. Your GP or NHS Board should be able to give you more information about this.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society - Our 10,000 volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people. Find out more. 

 

Local care and support services - If you're not sure exactly what you are looking for, or would like to see what services are on offer that you may not have heard of, we have created personalized packages of information on some common topics. Find out more.

Elderly Care: A guide for families new to caring.

  • Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care.

  • Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members.

  • Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families.

  • Other helpful resources and tools to help family members begin to find the best possible care option for their elderly. Find out more.

The Seniors' Guide to Staying Safe Against Tax Scams

Tax scams, email scams, phones scams – it seems like every other day someone comes up with a new way to try and part you from your hard-earned cash. From “phishing” trips to “ransomware” attacks, these nasty little traps are all over the news right now – but make no mistake, that’s a good thing. It means we’re talking about them, and getting the word around is the surest way to stop people from falling victim to them.  If you’re looking for advice on protecting yourself, spotting the signs or recovering your cash, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide we'll cover:

  • Different types of scams

  • Popular scams happening right now

  • Beating the scammers

  • Reporting a scam

  • Fixing the damage

 Find out more.

 

International resources

Skin cancer - melanoma

Melanoma is a rare and serious type of cancer that begins in the skin and can spread to other organs in the body.  The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the back, legs, arms and face are most commonly affected.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and more than one color. They may also be larger than normal moles and can sometimes be itchy or bleed.  Find out more.

The Mesothelioma Prognosis Network works to provide free information and resources related to asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma cancer. Our organization assists patients and families in finding specialists and treatment centers in their area. We also host a monthly, online support group specifically for those suffering from mesothelioma, who are looking to meet others in like situations.  Find out more.

  

Mesothelioma Lawyer Center, also offers comprehensive asbestos and mesothelioma information, but with an emphasis on the legal options available to asbestos victims and their families.  Find out more.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and very few treat it. Mesothelioma Guide specializes in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Our services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members.  Find out more.  

Serving All Veterans With Mesothelioma - United States veterans make up 30% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Speak with an advocate today to learn more about the latest medical treatments, how to file a claim, and ways to receive compensation. Get in touch with Mesothelioma Vets.

Out Reach Support for Mesothelioma Veterans Center: Find out more. 

The team behind Mesothelioma.net is made up of Patient Advocates, medical professionals, and legal experts. Our mission is to provide asbestos victims and their families with free information and resources via our website, as well as medical and financial assistance to those who request our help. 

We have helped more than 1,000 mesothelioma patients since beginning our work over 20 years ago. 

We are based in Houston, Texas but assist mesothelioma patients nationwide. Find out more.

  

Based in the Gers in South West of France, the Puyssentut welcomes any one who has or is recovering from cancer. It does not matter whether you have cancer for the first time, whether cancer has recurred, or whether you have been in remission for years, the retreat have something to offer.  Find out more.

 

Resources for cancer patients - Find out more.

Assistance to speak to your doctor about treatment - Find out more.

Looking good with cancer - Tips how to look your best - Find out more.

Online communities for cancer patients - Find out more.


Legal resources for cancer patients - Find out more.

Mesothelioma Fund - Find out more.

Drug Center is an online resource for people experiencing serious adverse reactions to prescription drugs or medical devices used in surgery - Find out more. 


Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis - Find out more.

Our team is here to help those affected by mesothelioma with compassion and care - Find out more.

Pacific Medical Training - this is an article on first aid for people with cancer - Find out more.

Helping to bring you hope, faith, and action when navigating through mesothelioma - Find out more.

If you or someone you love received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you need to know your legal options. For more than 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped people in all 50 states learn their legal rights and take action.

When you trust Sokolove Law with your mesothelioma case, you are not just another number. You will work with a team that will not rest until you get what you need.- Find out more.

For over 20 years we’ve been helping families connect with leading mesothelioma lawyers. Choosing the right legal representation for you and your family is crucial. It can also be overwhelming. We clear through the confusion on your behalf and connect you with only the top lawyers near you.- Find out more.