Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
Bone Cancer Research Trust
Bone Cancer Research Trust offers support and information to families of patients with bone cancer, and works to raise awareness of the disease. They were a huge support for the Lewis family, who feature in Alex: A Life Fast Forward. Call them on 0113 2621852, or visit their site.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provides quality assured, up-to-date cancer information, written by specialists for patients, relatives and carers. They also offer advice on how to deal with the practical and emotional effects that a cancer diagnosis may have. If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan on 0808 808 0000.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer by providing specialist units in NHS hospitals designed to give young people the very best chance of a positive outcome. As well as state-of-the-art facilities to keep patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units provide an environment where they can meet other young people in a similar situation. Teenage Cancer Trust has built 17 units and plans to build a further 16 so that all young people needing hospital treatment for cancer across the UK have access to the dedicated, specialist support that the Trust provides. For further information, call 020 7612 0370 or visit their website.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie nurses provide free care to terminally ill patients in their own homes. The charity's nine hospices also provide expert care and a better quality of life for patients with cancer and other illnesses. To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service speak to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse, or contact the Supporter Team between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, on 0800 716 146.
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Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone who has experienced bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. They can be contacted on 0844 477 9400, Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.00pm. In Northern Ireland, call 02890 792 419. You can also find out more by visiting their website.