About cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer is a difficult and worrying time. You need to know the care and treatment available is the best available for patients and carers.

There is more health information available than ever before, but the quality of this information is variable. This is especially true for information on the internet. 

It is best to get information from UK organisations, as different treatments may be available in different countries and different terminology may be used.

Look for information from reputable sources, such as an NHS organisation or a national charity. You should also look to see when the information was produced, as health information on treatments, for example, can quickly become out of date. 

Quality kitemarks are also being used for health information. The Information Standard is a new kitemark developed by the Department of Health, while the Plain English Campaign has a kitemark called the Crystal Mark, which is awarded for clear, concise and simple language.

The following websites provide useful information on cancer:

NHS Choices

www.nhs.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support

www.macmillan.org.uk

Cancer Research UK

www.cancerresearchuk.org

Marie Curie Cancer Care

www.mariecurie.org.uk

Brain cancer

www.braintrust.org.uk

Breast cancer

www.breastcancercare.org.uk
www.breakthrough.org.uk
www.breastcancercampaign.org

Bowel cancer

www.beatingbowelcancer.org
www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

Leukaemia and lymphoma

www.leukaemiacare.org.uk
www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk

Lung cancer

www.roycastle.org

Ovarian cancer

www.ovarian.org.uk

Men's cancer

www.orchid-cancer.org.uk

Pancreatic cancer

www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Prostate cancer

www.prostatecanceruk.org

Sarcoma

www.lsesn.nhs.uk/index.html
www.sarcoma.org.uk

Teenage cancer

http://www.teenagecancertrust.org.

Information on cancer support 

www.maggiescentres.org

www.dimblebycancercare.org

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