Cancer - help and support

Most cancer patients feel they need some extra help at some stage of their illness and treatment. There are a network of services across Northern Ireland that are there to support you with whatever problems or issues you may be having.

Help available

You may need some information or advice about your cancer, or perhaps you have a practical question – for example about claiming benefits, arranging travel insurance or making decisions about your treatment options.

You might also want to find out about opportunities to meet people who know what you’re going through and can offer you support or friendship at this difficult time.

No matter what advice or support you need, there may well be a self-help or support group that’s right for you.

Friends, family and carers may need support too, because cancer affects not only the person who is ill, but also those around them.

Directory of services

The Cancer Survivorship website for Northern Ireland provides a directory of cancer services. The directory contains information about organisations, groups and services from both the statutory sector (for example - hospitals and nurses) and the voluntary sector (for example - charities and support groups).

You can search the directory according to your individual needs.


If you need help, information or support, you can call the freephone Northern Ireland Cancer Helpline on:

  • 0800 783 3339

The line is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and you will speak directly to a cancer nurse who will provide you with appropriate information.

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