Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan is a leading UK cancer charity and provides information about different types of cancer and their treatment, plus support for people and their families throughout their cancer journey, from advice about money and work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk.
Telephone: Helpline 0808 808 00 00
Financial support in cancer and terminal illness
Macmillan Benefits Advice Service
Provides free and confidential benefits advice to people who are currently being treated for cancer as either outpatients or inpatients at the Hammersmith or Charing Cross hospitals, or the family members of people who are being treated. The service alternates between Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals on different days of the week.
Financial Support in Terminal Illness
If you have a terminal illness and age aged 16-64, you should be eligible to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Your care team will need to complete a Form DS 1500, but once this is done your application should be fast-tracked so there is less form filling and faster access to payments:
If you are aged over 65 years and have a terminal illness, you should be eligible for Attendance Allowance. Your application will still be fast tracked, and you will still need a Form DS 1500, but there is less form filling and faster access to payment:
Macmillan Cancer Navigators
Navigators assist patients and their advocates, GPs or carers by answering questions, helping with appointment bookings and accessing local support services. They support patients across the full treatment pathway, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments. They can also provide emotional support and help to find support provided by other organisations, such as charities and a patient’s local authority.
They provide a single contact number, and aim to be an easy point of access to help patients and staff better navigate services.
Telephone: 0203 313 0303
Support and drop-in service
Maggie’s West London
Provides practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family members. The centres run daily drop in sessions with professional staff, including advice on benefits, as well as regular classes and workshops.
Cancer Research UK
One of the world’s leading cancer charities, provides information about different types of cancer including early signs and treatment, as well as a nurse-led helpline.
Telephone: 0808 800 4040
Marie Curie provides care and support through terminal illness. They provide nursing help for people with a terminal illness and visit them in their own homes, and provide additional support through a volunteer service.
Telephone: 0800 090 2309
Breast Cancer Care
Provides expert information for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, including a free breast cancer support App and a telephone helpline with breast care nurses.
Telephone: 0808 800 6000
Breast Cancer Haven
Supports anyone affected by breast cancer for free. From our welcoming centre in Fulham, London, our counsellors, therapists and health professionals offer you support to help you with your own personal challenges of living with breast cancer. Anyone can come to our centre, there are no geographical restrictions and no need for a doctors referral. Just get in touch. We also offer classes, talks and workshops, support days and courses.
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK provides information on cancer, are well-known for their yearly Movember fund-raising campaign, and are currently running the Men United campaign to help fight prostate cancer.
Telephone: Helpline 0800 074 8383
Palliative Care Hospices
End of life’ or ‘Palliative’ care refers to the care of people who are in the final stages of their life, and aims to allow them to live in as comfortable and dignified a way as possible until they die. It is about providing support that meets the needs of both the person who is dying and the people close to them. This care has a strong focus on managing symptoms to keep a person comfortable, helping them to adapt to the changes in their lives, and helping them to cope with the emotional impact of their illness.
Services include a 13-bed inpatient unit and day care unit staffed by healthcare assistants, doctors, nurses, OTs, social workers, pharmacists, complementary therapists and spiritual care advisors. A team of specialist nurses also visit patients and their families at home. Services from the centre are available to residents of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
Royal Trinity Hospice
Based in Clapham, Trinity provides care to patients in their own homes, at their Outpatient Centre, and at their purpose-built Inpatient Centre. Family support and bereavement care are also provided, as well as a befriending service. Services from Trinity are available to residents of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
Meadow House Hospice
Meadow House Hospice is the centre for the Ealing and Hounslow palliative care service, and has a 15 bedded inpatient unit, a day unit, a large team of specialist community nurses and links to hospital and bereavement services.
Meadow House Hospice,
Telephone: 020 8967 5179