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Useful Organisations for later life


Welcome to the A to Z list of useful UK organisations to contact - a regular feature for laterlife. Every month Laterlife lists organisations that provide help and advice. They are aimed at older women but many if not most are relevant to both men and women.

There are many organisations connected with cancer.  Here’s a comprehensive selection:-


British Bone Marrow Appeal
18 Warwick Street
Warwickshire CV21 3DD
T 01527 518588
F 01527 516578

Works with the National Blood Transfusion service to compile a national
computerised register of bone marrow donors.

British Lung Foundation
6th Floor
New Garden House
78 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8JR
T 020 7831 5831
F 020 7831 5832

Provides information on all forms of lung conditions, including cancer.
Support groups throughout the country. Newsletter and other publications.

Cancer Care Society (CARE)
39 The Hundred
Hampshire SO51 8GE
T 01794 830 300 or
T 01794 830 374

Offers emotional support and practical help where possible through support
groups countrywide. Telephone and one-to-one counselling. Holiday

CancerHelp UK

Free information service about cancer and cancer care for the general
public organised by the Cancer Research Campaign.

Cancer Research Campaign
10 Cambridge Terrace
London NW1 4JL
T 020 7224 1333
Funds research on all aspects of the disease from its causes to treatment
and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

National Cancer Research Institute

PO Box 123
61 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PX

phone: 020 7061 8460
fax: 020 7061 8461


The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a UK-wide partnership between the government, charity and industry which promotes co-operation in cancer research among the 21 member organisations for the benefit of patients, the public and the scientific community.

Coloplast Ltd
ANG 3603
Peterborough Business Park
Peterborough PE2 6BR
T 01733 392000

Makes stoma appliances. Free booklet on continent urinary diversion.

Convatec Ltd
Harrington House
Milton Road
Middlesex UB10 8PU
T 0800 282254
Makes stoma appliances. Free booklet on urostomy.

Everyman - action against male cancer
The Institute of Cancer Research
LON 922
London SW7 3YY
T 0800 7319 468
F 020 7970 6018

The institute of Cancer Research's campaign to raise awareness of
testicular and prostate cancer.

Give Hope Brain Tumour Support

Aims to provide information to patients and resources available.
As at December 2007, this website is unavailable, but do try it to see if it has been restored.

International Myeloma Foundation (UK)
9 Gayfield Square
Edinburgh EH1 3N1
0131 557 3332
Email: The IMF

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while
working towards prevention and a cure. Freephone helpline 0800 980 3332.

Kidney Cancer UK
T 024 7647 0584
A new organisation offering help and support for kidney cancer patients and
their carers. Aims to improve access to reliable information about kidney
cancer and its treatment and to establish a network of individuals and
groups capable of offering mutual support.

Leukaemia Research Fund
43 Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3JJ
T 020 7405 0101
F 020 7405 3139

Raises funds for research into causes and treatment of leukaemia, myeloma
and lymphoma. Patient information service. Booklet.

MARCS Line Resource Centre
(Melanoma and Related Cancer of the Skin)
Dermatology Treatment Centre
Level 3
Salisbury District Hospital
Wiltshire SP2 8BJ
01722 415071

Telephone helpline for anyone affected by melanoma or skin cancer and their
families and friends. Information and advice about prevention and
treatment. Leaflets.

Oesophageal Patients Association
16 Whitefields Crescent
West Midlands B91 3NU
T 0121 704 9860
For patients of oesophageal cancer. Support groups, telephone support,
counselling, home and hospital visits within the West Midlands. Pre- and
post-operative telephone counselling for UK callers. Free leaflets.
Informal one-to-one counselling.

Prostate Cancer Charity
3 Angel Walk
Hammersmith W6 9HX
T 020 8222 7622
F 020 8222 7639

Concerned with care and welfare of people affected by prostate cancer.
Information and support via the helpline - 0845 300 8383 - and leaflets.

Tak Tent Cancer Support
Flat 5
30 Shelley Court
Gartnavel Complex
Glasgow G12 0YN
T 0141 211 0122
F 0141 211 3988

The aim is to provide the care of cancer patients in Scotland, their
families and friends by providing emotional support to all. There is a
network of support groups throughout Scotland.


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