Where to live with family for UK cancer treatment?

FormerMember
FormerMember
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Hello -

We are looking to relocate outside of London to a pleasant, relaxed, and more affordable place in the UK for my cancer treatment regime (4 to 6 months). We are looking for a place close to a good hospital for the cancer care, to community for groceries and such as my wife does not drive, and closer to nature for long walks to soak up life with my daughter and wife. 

I am a US expat that has worked for a charity in London for 2.5 years. My employment ended in April, but we have been unable to relocate outside of the UK due to the lockdown. "We" meaning my wife and 3-year old daughter and me (mid-50s Daddy). 

In June, to our dismay, I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma cancer. Due to the pandemic, we waited until June to have my symptoms looked into as they did not appear to be an emergency, and NHS advice was to otherwise avoid the health serviced due to the virus, etc.

We were going to leave the UK once the lockdown lifted, but now we need to remain here for my chemo treatment. Suffice to say we've had a steep learning curve about lymphoma cancer, and it has been a really hard blow to our life plans. I am sure people in this community understand this. 

Our rent in London is very high, and we would like to live in a more relaxed setting. We have to decide within a week and relocate soon thereafter for the treatment if we are to do this, so any suggestions you may have would be more than welcome. 

Much love and respect to this community, 

SGC

  • Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

    I'm sorry to read that you've recently been diagnosed with lymphoma and that you can't now leave the UK until your chemotherapy treatment has finished.

    It may be an idea to join the relevant lymphoma group and ask for recommendations on which hospitals within the UK are centres of excellence for treating your type of lymphoma. Armed with that information you could then approach estate agents to find out what the local rent might be.

    As there are lots of different types of lymphoma clicking here will take you to the list of cancer groups and you could join the one that's applicable to you.

    I wish you all the best with your treatment and also for your house move.

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    FormerMember in reply to latchbrook

    Thanks so much, Latchbrook, and appreciate the link to the groups, which makes things easier. Much appreciated. Scott