Macmillan's Cancer Information Blog

  • Help with childcare when you have cancer

    Having a cancer diagnosis can be hard enough, and if you have young children it can be a further worry as you may need extra support to look after them. This blog may give you some ideas of how you can get help with childcare.
  • Planning ahead when living with cancer

    Planning ahead can be hard. But it can help you to talk with your healthcare team, family or friends about what matters to you. It can help everyone to understand the care, treatment and support you want for your future. And it can also be a way of taking back control, at a time when so many things feel uncertain.

    Hospice UK’s Dying Matters campaign puts it well: Talking about it won’t bring death closer, but it…

  • Tips for supporting a loved one with cancer

    When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to know how to support them.

    They may need emotional support if they feel overwhelmed or anxious, or they may need practical help with managing things like appointments, work and childcare. Sometimes, they may need help with both.

    It’s important that you look after yourself too. There are many places you can get information and support for looking after…

  • Complementary therapies – what are they and are they safe?

    Some people with cancer choose to use complementary therapies as well as conventional cancer treatment. Complementary therapies may help people feel better and help them cope with cancer symptoms or the side effects of treatment. They do not claim to treat cancer. Complementary therapies are different to alternative therapies. Alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medical treatments and some claim to…
  • Blood cancer awareness

    September is Blood Cancer Awareness month. In this blog you can find out about the 3 main types of blood cancer (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) and the symptoms to be aware of.

    To understand blood cancers, it helps to know a little about how the blood and blood cells work. Blood is made up of different types of blood cells:

    • Red blood cells carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our bodies.  
    • White blood cells fight…