Devon Carers can support carers of people living with cancer in several ways.
The initial conversation will ensure you have information about:
- Devon-wide specialist organisations such as FORCE and Macmillan
- Any carers groups and peer support in your area, some of which are specifically for carers of people living with cancer
We offer courses on basic knowledge and skills in supporting you in your caring role.
We run sessions on carer resilience covering: coping and adapting to the changes that occur in your relationship and in the person’s behaviour as their condition progresses; looking at what social and paid support will help; how to maintain your own health and wellbeing.
Our courses and resilience sessions offer opportunities to meet other carers in similar situations to learn from one another.
Useful information and organisations
Brain Tumour Support
Brain Tumour Support is dedicated to providing support for patients, families and carers so no-one feels alone facing the effects of a brain tumour diagnosis. They provide individualised and specialist information, guidance and emotional support, at any point from diagnosis and for as long as it is needed.
Cancer Support UK
Cancer Support UK provides practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, both during and after the treatment period. They support people with all kinds of cancer across the UK. They offer an eight-week structured peer support and resilience course – delivered by phone – for people nearing the end of cancer treatment, or who have finished physical treatment. Developed by a range of experts the programme offers much needed encouragement and emotional support, which is fundamental to recovery. Groups are run by people who can emphasise and understand what it’s like – as they have exprienced cancer themselves.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK provides the latest cancer research, news, progress, symptoms, treatments and how to get involved with fundraising events.
Useful directory of charities/organisations which can be filtered by condition and location within the UK.
Force Cancer Charity
Working in Devon to support anyone affected by cancer Force Cancer Charity believe that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best treatment and professional, face-to-face support close to home. The website offers local support, services and information about coping with cancer.
Macmillan know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they are available to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk. Search the website for details of their local support and event as well as information and advice for anyone affected by cancer.
Marie Curie offer support if you or the person you care for have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. You can call their helpline 0800 090 2309 or visit their website to find a directory of help, advice and support from other organisations across the UK. Alternatively you can request printed information be sent to you and join their online community to talk to other people who are sharing similar experiences.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way, visit the NHS website for more information, signs, symptoms, treatments, waiting times and services.