Sources of support

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, there are many support services and forums that offer practical advice and information and a place to engage with others in your situation.

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Support and discussion networks

Samaritans- www.samaritans.org or you can phone on: 116 123 – This is a 24 hour support network.

MacMillan Cancer Support – www.macmillan.org.uk or phone on: 0808 808 00 00 -Offer a support network, discussion forums and local nurses.

Marie Curie – www.mairecurie.org.uk  or phone on: 0800 090 2309 -Offer support and advice for carers.

Maggie’s Centres – www.maggiescenters.orgMaggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer. 

Older People Living With Cancer – https://opaalcopa.org.uk/  Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line: free and confidential support from pancreatic cancer specialist nurses. Speak to a nurse on 0808 801 0707 (10am-4pm Mon-Fri)  or via email.


Area specific support groups

Support group for aged below 40- Shine Cancer Support

Support in Lancashire – www.I-CANN.org.uk  cancer advocacy for the over 50s.

Support group in Lancaster meets monthly – www.sos-cancersupport.uk download the latest copy of meeting times – Welcome to the SOS Support Group

Support group in Essex – Essex Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Support group in Dorset – The Purbeck Workshop provides craft classes and activities for people whose lives have been touched by cancer in any way. They provide peer support and friendship in a welcoming environment.


Financial Support

Financial support for cancer patients- www.macmillan.org.uk 

Benefit rules and changes for people suffering with cancer- www.gov.uk 

Ellies Friends: An online platform that enables adults living with cancer to access free and discounted services or products in their area. www.elliesfriends.org 


Bereavement support

Cruse: www.cruse.org.uk -Offering bereavement support across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Loss Foundation: www.thelossfoundation.org -for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer

Winston’s Wish: www.winstonswish.org.uk – the UK’s childhood bereavement charity. Offering support to children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.