Macmillan's cancer information

  • RESTORE - Our fatigue management tool

    As many as 9 out of 10 people with cancer (90%) get cancer-related fatigue (CRF). In this blog, our senior content developer and managing editor Rachel talks about a new online resource to support people with fatigue.

    What is fatigue?
    Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion. Fatigue can be especially difficult to deal with when you are already trying to cope with cancer. You may feel very tired or exhausted all…

  • International Day of People with Disabilities - Our range of eBooks

    What is the International Day of People with Disabilities?
    The International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) is an annual celebration of the rights, experiences and achievements of disabled people.

    This year’s theme is ‘The future is accessible.’ The day challenges us to play our part in removing those barriers that make life unfairly and unnecessarily hard for people with disabilities.

    How we…

  • Men's Health Awareness Month

    November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and editor Matt is talking about the importance of mental health, as well as physical health, for men affected by cancer.

    Thanks to the Movember movement, November is now widely known as the month when men are encouraged to think about their health and well-being – typically while growing a moustache! But health and well-being are not just physical things.Mental health is…

  • Talk Money, Talk Pensions Week - Tips for managing money concerns

    To mark Talk Money, Talk Pensions Week, Content Developer Azmina suggests ways of managing your finances when living with cancer.


    Talk Money, Talk Pensions Week takes place from 18 to 22 November 2019. It is an annual event intended to get more people talking about their money and pensions, and to make the most of them.

    The cost of cancer
    Living with cancer can have a big impact on your finances. You may earn less if you…

  • World Diabetes Day - Coping with your emotions when you have diabetes and cancer


    To mark World Diabetes Day, Content Developer Azmina explains how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you cope with difficult emotions when you have diabetes and cancer.

    World Diabetes Day is held on 14 November every year, which was the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin. The aim is to raise awareness of diabetes throughout the world and help people to understand the impact of the condition…

  • World Kindness Day - Being kind to yourself

    On World Kindness Day, we usually talk about sending a message to a loved one, or doing something kind for someone else. But this World Kindness Day, editor Liza is talking about being kind to yourself.

    Cancer and its treatment can change how your body looks and sometimes, how it works. This, in turn, can affect how you feel about yourself. Many people find they start to have a negative view of their body. But there are…

  • Stress Awareness Week - Tips for coping with stress while living with cancer

    International Stress Awareness Week takes place from 4 to 8 November 2019. The aim is to raise awareness of how stress can affect everyday life and practical ways of coping.

    To mark International Stress Awareness Week, Content Developer Azmina explains the signs of stress and some different things that can help you to cope.

    What are the signs of stress?

    There is no medical definition of stress, but you may feel ‘stressed…

  • Living a healthy lifestyle - The benefits of drinking less

    As the nights draw in and the weather gets drearier and darker, it can be hard to keep going with a healthy lifestyle. You might find it tempting to drink more alcohol.

    But drinking too much can have harmful effects on many aspects of our health. In this blog, our quality and evaluation officer, Rachael, looks at some of the benefits of drinking less.

    Alcohol and healthy living
    For many people, cutting down or giving up…

  • International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

    This blog, written by editorial assistant Molly, explains what the symptoms of brain tumours can be. If you are worried about any of the symptoms listed here, it’s important that you see your GP.

    This week is the 13th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week. This time last year, we posted a blog about what brain tumours are, which you can read here. This year, we'll be talking about what the symptoms of a brain…

  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

    Last Saturday 12th October was World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - a chance to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

    Our information development nurse, Rebecca, has written this blog using her own experiences working as a palliative care nurse to help answer some common questions about what palliative care is.

    When I worked as a palliative care nurse, it was a privilege to be able to…

  • World Mental Health Day - Tips on handling panic attacks

    To mark World Mental Health Day, content developer Azmina gives some tips for coping with panic attacks.

    World Mental Health Day is held on 10 October every year. It aims to raise awareness of mental health problems around the world and is a good time to focus on your own well-being.

    A common emotion when living with cancer is fear or anxiety. You may be frightened about your treatment or the future. Before a medical appointment…

  • World Post Day - Staying in touch

    This is an image of a red postbox.

    Paper and pen. Lick and stick stamps. Brown paper and string. It’s World Post Day! 

    Now, I don’t know about you, but something about this makes me very happy. I absolutely love sending and receiving mail. I still write frequently to a few good friends. With some, we exchange letters more often than we see each other.

    Don’t get me wrong - having a conversation in person, on the phone or via text or messages…

  • European Day of Languages

    In today's blog, Quality and Evaluation Officer Rachael talks us through why our information gives us a reason to celebrate. 

    What is the European Day of Languages?

    It’s an annual celebration of language learning and cultural diversity in Europe.

    What are we doing to celebrate?

    We’re promoting:

    • the information we’ve translated into different languages
    • the ways we make all our information easier to…
  • Urology Awareness Month

    September is Urology Awareness Month so in this blog, we’re highlighting:

    • our information on urological cancers
    • how to look after your urological health.

    What is urological health?
    Urological health is the health of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. These are the parts of your body responsible for producing, storing and getting rid of pee (urine).

    This is a diagram of the female body, showing the bladder and kidneys.

    For people with male sexual organs (prostate, penis and…

  • World Lymphoma Awareness Day - Signs, symptoms & diagnosis

    Yesterday was World Lymphoma Awareness Day -  a chance to show support and raise awareness of lymphoma. In this blog, content channel editor Tania talks about the signs and symptoms of lymphoma, and how it is diagnosed.

    Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. This is part of the body's immune system which helps to protect us from infection and disease. It also drains fluid from the body's tissues back into the blood…

  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month - Signs and symptoms

    September is Blood Cancer Awareness month. In this blog, our information development nurse, Teri, gives a brief overview of the 3 main types of blood cancer (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) and talks about some symptoms to be aware of.

    With every heartbeat, our heart pumps blood throughout our bodies. Blood acts as a transport system delivering oxygen and nutrients to all our cells. It also picks up waste products and…

  • International Literacy Day

    Sunday 8th September is International Literacy Day. It's a great opportunity to raise awareness about improving literacy rates and people's ability to read and understand health information.

    In this blog, our Information Materials Researcher, Sue, talks about how we check the readability of our resources for people living with cancer and how you can find out how easy to read a booklet is.

    16.4% of adults in…

  • How we review our cancer information

    Here in the Cancer Information Development team, we produce around 140 booklets and leaflets and over 200 webpages for people affected by cancer. Today in the blog, we’re talking about our volunteer and professional reviewers who make a huge contribution to the work we do in our team and the information we produce.

    Our volunteer reviewers
    Our team works with a pool of around 200 volunteer reviewers who provide…

  • National Allotments Week - The benefits of gardening

    It's National Allotments Week! National Allotments Week was developed as a way to raise awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles. In this blog, content developer Richard talks about some of the benefits of having an allotment when you have cancer.

    Although I don’t have an allotment, I have fond childhood memories of pottering around on my dad’s. We’d spend many hours…

  • World Breastfeeding Week - Cancer and breastfeeding

    Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week. This blog, written by our information development nurse Teri, outlines when it may or may not be possible to breastfeed after having cancer treatment. It also looks at what breast changes to look out for while breastfeeding.

    Many mothers choose to breastfeed due to the health benefits for both mum and baby. Breast milk not only protects the baby from infections and…

  • National Picnic Month: Planning the perfect day out

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    July is National Picnic Month and thankfully, we’re having perfect picnic weather! In this blog, our information production and promotion officer, Gen, shares some ideas about how to plan your day out and make the most of the summer. 

    Picnics are a simple and fun way to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and have a bite to eat. They’re a nice low-key way of spending time with friends or chilling out on your own. Or…

  • Sarcoma Awareness Week - what is sarcoma?

    This week is Sarcoma Awareness Week. According to research, 75% of people are not sure, or do not know, what sarcoma is. In this blog, Information Development Nurse Teri gives an overview of the most common types of sarcoma and what symptoms to be aware of and tell your GP about.

    a banner displaying the words SARCOMA AWARENESS WEEK

    Many of you may not have heard of the word sarcoma. Even if you have heard of sarcomas, you may not be sure what they are. For those who are…

  • Pride Month – Why Pride is still important in 2019

    June is Pride Month in the UK. In this blog, CID intern Charlie discusses the importance of Pride in 2019.

    a banner which says Happy Pride Month

    Why LGBT+ Pride is still important in 2019

    June is LGBT+ Pride Month. It’s a time for celebrating, parading, and a whole lot of rainbows. Of course, these things aren’t limited to one specific month of the year, but we all know that even in the UK in 2019 there is still a long way to go before there is full acceptance…

  • Breathe Easy Week – tips for keeping your lungs healthy

    This week is Breathe Easy week, an awareness event that focuses on lung health. In this blog, Cancer Information Nurse Teri looks at how to keep your lungs as healthy as possible. She discusses the symptoms of lung cancer and when to get them checked by your doctor.

    Our lungs are constantly working. And as they work automatically, it is easy to take them for granted and not really think about them much. As a result, we…

  • Father's Day - Celebrating those we love

    Sunday is Father’s Day. A special day to honour the fathers and father figures in our lives. A day to treat dad to breakfast in bed, or a lovely Sunday Roast. Perhaps a gift of some favourite beer or aftershave. Or maybe just a great excuse to hang-out together. Father’s Day can be difficult if you are coping with the death of your dad. For Information Development Nurse Richard, today is a day of reflection – a day…