Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be a stressful time for you and those important to you. We want to let you know that there is support available for you; in person, by telephone, and via websites. We want you to know that there is always someone to talk to about how you’re feeling.
There are many services available to support you with this, including:
- Support for family and friends – Caring for someone with cancer can be difficult and can affect people’s own health, mental well-being, working life, and relationships, it is important to seek help and support for yourself, as a family carer”
- Emotional support and wellbeing – Cancer changes our lives and we need to regain our confidence, manage our stress and deal with our emotional difficulties
- Financial support – A diagnosis of Cancer has a financial impact on everyone involved. Advice available includes accessing financial benefits, applying for grants, help with prescriptions costs, help with transport to hospital and parking costs”
- Support with dietary advice – Eating the right kinds of foods with the important nutrients the body needs before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger, expert dietary advice is available if required
Organisations providing cancer support
Local support can be found from the following organisations:
Norfolk and Waveney
Little Lifts is an organisation supporting women across Norfolk and Waveney who have or have had breast cancer.
More about cancer
Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. Once these areas get bigger, depending upon where they are, they might be felt as a lump or cause other symptoms such as a cough.If not caught early, the cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis.1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the 4 most common types of cancer are:
There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way. You can find links on this page to information about other types of cancer.
Diagnosing cancer earlier means it is more likely that patients will receive treatments that can cure cancer.
At the moment only around 1 in 2 people with cancer in the UK are diagnosed at an early stage. Earlier and faster diagnosis is dependent on people understanding and being aware of the early signs and symptoms of cancer, by taking up screening programmes or visiting a healthcare professional.
One of the ways we can achieve this will be to help the public understand some of the signs and symptoms of possible cancer and helping GPs to refer patients for diagnostic tests.
Around four in ten cancers could be prevented largely through lifestyle changes. For ideas on how to get more active, visit Active Norfolk, OneLife Suffolk, and Moving Medicine. Smoking accounts for one in four UK cancer deaths and can cause at least 15 types of cancer. If you would like help to quit smoking see the links below.
You can find a series of videos to help you find reliable health and wellbeing information online. Topics include finding mental health resources on websites such as the NHS and MIND, reliable information online about physical activity and adult and children’s sleep. View the videos on YouTube. or check out Norfolk Libraries Health and Wellbeing online resources Health and wellbeing online resources – Norfolk County Council