Cancerlink is a leading national cancer charity working in the field of cancer self help and support. Founded in 1982 by people with personal and professional experience of cancer, Cancerlink provides access to support to people living with cancer, their partners, families, friends, carers and health professionals.

The charity has pioneered gaining recognition of cancer patient’s rights to information and access to support, and launched a Declaration of Rights of People With Cancer in 1990, the first initiative of it’s kind.

The Chair of Cancerlink’s Board of Trustees is Professor Jessica Corner, Europe’s first Professor of Cancer Nursing, and Director of the Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies at the Institute of Cancer Research based at the Royal Marsden.

Promoting Good Practice, Strengthening Support Networks:
Cancerlink offers a range of training courses, consultancy and development, and information to over 700 cancer self help and support groups and organisations throughout the UK. Working in partnership with these groups, Cancerlink has developed Good Practice Guidelines, to help the groups provide high quality support to people living with cancer.

Providing Support Through Shared Experience

Cancerlink also offers free confidential information and support to people affected by cancer, their friends, carers, partners and families, through our confidential freephone support link, by letter, and through a wide range of publications available free to people affected by cancer.

Cancerlink’s publications available free to people affected by cancer, address the emotional and practical issues involved in living with cancer, and include booklets on Men and Cancer, Close Relationships and Cancer, Talking to Children When An Adult Has Cancer, and Caring At Home When Cancer Cannot Be Cured.

Many people who experience cancer find it helpful to contact others who share their experience. There are now over 700 cancer self help and support groups and organisations around the country, some of which can offer one-to-one support or befriending services. Our support link team can help you find a group that suits you in your locality.

Cancerlink believe in the value of shared experience to people affected by cancer, and produce an annual directory of cancer self help and support, free to people affected by cancer, that lists local and national self help and support groups, and organisations helping people find support close to home.


Giving People With Cancer A Say In Future Cancer Care:

It is vital the views and experiences of cancer patients are taken into account in decision making about future cancer services. Many people living with cancer want to use their experience to help improve cancer care in the future. Cancerlink is co-ordinating a new national network of cancer service users which will link with self help and support groups in their region, called CancerVOICES. Cancerlink will work with health professionals, service users and the self help and support groups, to help people to use their experience to influence the development of future cancer services.


Working To Improve Patient-Professional Communication:

Cancerlink works to improve communication between patients and professionals through projects such as CancerVOICES, conferences and promoting good practice and the value of cancer self help and support. Our Board of Trustees and Advisory Groups on specific projects include health professionals.


Contact Details

11-21 Northdown Street, London N1 9BN
Tel: 020 7833 2818
Fax: 020 7833 4963
Email: cancerlink@cancerlink.org.uk
Registered Charity Number 326430

– Cancerlink Freephone Support Link is
– 0808 808 0000(Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, answerphone at all other times).
– Our trained Support Link team have personal and professional experience of cancer, can listen to your concerns, and help you find the support that is right for you. This service is available for people with cancer, their families, partners, carers and friends, and for health professionals anywhere in the UK.

– For all other queries please contact 020 7833 2818

– Press queries to Clare Benjamin, PR Officer, on
020 7520 2616

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