Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs.
Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.
There are over 200 different types of cancer, each with its own methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Changes to your body's normal processes or symptoms that are out of the ordinary can sometimes be an early sign of cancer. For example, a lump that suddenly appears on your body, unexplained bleeding or changes to your bowel habits are all symptoms that need to be checked by a doctor.
In many cases, your symptoms are not related to cancer and are caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions. However, it is still important that you visit your GP so your symptoms can be investigated.
The Hull Clinical Commissioning Group has a number of information resources relating to cancer.
Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer such as:
- healthy eating
- taking regular exercise
- not smoking
Will all help you lower your risk.
Macmillan is a charity that helps support people and their families who are affected by cancer by offering them support financially and emotionally. They hold many fundraising events, campaigning events and have plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer. The Macmillan cancer information service at the Queen’s Centre provides a drop-in service for anyone affected by cancer, whether a patient, relative, friend or anyone else.
Macmillan volunteers provide an extra person to talk to, face to face or by telephone. They are people who have the time to listen and provide support, either as a one-off or on an ongoing basis, dependant on the person’s needs and desires. Support is usually at least two to three hours support a week for 12 weeks.
Macmillan volunteers offer -
- general support for patients and carers
- dementia Support
- immediate and Longer Term Bereavement Support
- visit patients and carers in their own homes or contact by telephone to chat with them and check on their health and well being.
- provide some practical support with daily living as required, such as running errands, transporting patients to hospital appointments, gardening or sitting with a patient to allow a carer to go out for a break.
- provide practical support immediately after a bereavement.
- reducing social isolation and show people that someone cares about them.
- the chance to talk about their needs.
- emotional support through listening, questioning and making suggestions.
- practical support to help them to remain living in their own homes.
- information about events and activities happening in the community which may be of interest to them.
Volunteers are available 7 days a week, including bank holidays from 9am to 5pm and can also provide support out of hours if needed.
Referrals for volunteer support can be taken from any health, social or medical professional, as well as from carers and patients. Referrals can be made on by telephnoe on. 01482 335 883. You must be over 18 and live and be registered with a Hull GP to use this service.
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Team (Hull)
The Macmillan team consists of qualified Senior Nurses who have clinical and specialist experience and knowledge of palliative and end of life care.
The team work closely with other professionals to ensure the best possible care is delivered to patients and their careers. The Nurses are based within localities and are based at:
East – Longhill Health Centre
North – Bransholme Health Centre
West – Elliott Chappell Health Centre
The service is available 7 days a week including bank holidays 9am to 5pm by contacting CHCP Single Point of Access for Specialist Palliative Care Services by telephone on 01482 335 883. You must be 18 or over and registered with a Hull GP
Beating Bowel Cancer
Beating Bowel Cancer provide vital practical and emotional help – on the phone, digitally and face to face. We’re proud to run the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer which patients call a ‘lifeline’.
They bring patients with bowel cancer together to share invaluable experience and support, through our website, social media and major events.
Our high impact campaigns have led to the introduction of the bowel cancer screening programme, which is helping save lives, as well as new funding and greater patient access to life-changing cancer treatments.
Or contact Beating Boewl Cancer by telephone on 02089 730 011
Bloodwise are the UK's specialist blood cancer charity, providing practical and emotional support to anyone affected by blood cancer. We also have information about many different types of blood cancer on our website.
You can contact Bloodwise by telephone on 08082 080 888
The Brain Tumour Charity
Visit the Brain Tumour website to find out about the joining a support group or accessing information on brain tumours by accessing the link provided.
Contact the Brain Tumour Charity on 08088 000 004
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer care are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.
Contact Breast Cancer care on 08088 006 000
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK provides cancer awareness for anyone affected by any kind of cancer.
CLIC Sargent is a UK cancer charity for children, young people and their families. we provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
This might mean arranging a CLIC Sargent grant or helping young people and families get the benefits they are entitled to. Coordinating care so that some medical procedures can happen at home, or arranging free accommodation in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home. Or helping young cancer patients and families keep in touch with school, college or work to keep life as normal as possible.
CLIC Sargent will also fight for young lives with cancer by taking what they tell us about the impact of cancer on their lives to the government, service providers and policy makers to improve things and make real change happen.
Or contact the CLIC Sargent be telephone on 03003 300 803
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
You can also contact them by telephone on 08088 028 000
Leukaemia Care are a national blood cancer charity that provides emotional support, advice and help to anyone affected by a blood cancer.
Alternatively, you can call them on 08088 010 444
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is the only worldwide cancer support charity, providing practical support for women struggling with the side effects from cancer treatment.
Workshops and Masterclasses are available in venues across the UK. They are conducted by our trained Look Good Feel Better beauty volunteers who share their tips and techniques for minimising side-effects such as skin changes, eyebrow and eyelash loss.
We also have a bi-annual LGFB magazine which you can access on the website
You can telephone Look Good Feel Better on 01372 747 500
Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN)
The LSN provides information and support to people with lymphoedema due to any cause and those 'at risk' of developing the condition.
Or call our information and support telephone line 02073 514 480 between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday.
Maggie’s Online Centre
Maggie’s online centre is for everyone with cancer and their family and friends, whether you have a Maggie’s centre nearby or not, and you can visit as a guest or sign up to become a member for more personal advice and support from our professional staff and our online community. We offer the same free practical, emotional and social support through the Online Centre with the flexibility of being open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust aim is to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer, with support and specialist services around the UK.
You can telephone them on 02076 120 370.
The Youth Cancer Trust
The Youth Cancer Trust is a unique charity, which is based in Bournemouth They provide support and free, activity based holidays for young people aged 14 to 30 living with cancer or any malignant disease from anywhere in the UK and Irish Republic or who are patients of any UK hospital. You can also come on a holiday if you have been in remission for up to 5 years, or are living with the late effects of having had cancer as a teenager.