Living with cancer
Being diagnosed with cancer can be a scary time for everyone affected, both the person with the diagnosis and those close to them.
This page is a starting point to lay out what services are available to those with a cancer diagnosis in Croydon.
Below is a list of local resources, in Croydon and wider SW London.
NHS Croydon CCG is not responsible for the content on any of the external website below. If you have any questions raised by the information in the sites below we advise that you discuss with your GP.
Macmillan Information & Support Centre
The Macmillan Centre offers cancer information and support services. It has been developed as a joint venture between Macmillan cancer support, Croydon Health Services, Citizens Advice Centre, South East Cancer Help Centre and people with cancer.
The information centre is designed to help make sure that anyone affected by cancer has free access to good quality information and emotional and practical support.
- One to one emotional and practical support with manager at any stage of cancer for both patients and carers
- Croydon Macmillan Care and Cope Support group for cancer carers – meet at the Oasis Restaurant of CUH 3 – 4 meetings per year. Christmas dinner and some outings in the year
- H.O.P.E (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) workshop for cancer patients who have/had cancer to get on with their lives. Manager co-facilitates with a patient who has been trained. Delivered as a 2 ½ hour session for 6 weeks
- Penny Brohn workshop – Living with the impact of cancer. A 2 day workshop held twice a year
- Brahma Kumaris meditation over 13 weeks to help with self- development. Held on Mondays between 14:00 – 16:00 hrs.
A shorter workshop on same day between 12:30 – 13:30 hrs. for those who have been bereaved by cancer
A Macmillan Financial Advisor is based at the centre every Tuesday.
Croydon University Hospital
530 London Road
Tel: 020 8401 3441 or 020 8401 3000 ext. 5744
Macmillan Cancer and Psychological Support (Croydon University Hospital)
Team accept direct referrals for outpatients, relatives and carers who have been affected by a diagnosis of cancer. Counselling services are provided at CUH, and there are plans to expand psychological services.
Walking for Health
Walking for Health is a regular walk organised by the Centre. Each week we get together with cancer patients, their families and carers and hospital staff to go for a walk.
Walking can aid recovery, get people enjoying the outdoors and give people a time to get together and talk.
We meet at the Macmillan Centre on Wednesday at 1pm and Fridays at 11am for a 30 to 45 minute walk.
All are welcome, so if you are interested in joining us please contact the centre.
St Christopher's Hospice
St Christopher's Hospice exists to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.
At St Christopher's Hospice our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need it.
In order to make this vision a reality we have developed five priorities which give direction to all that we do. These are:
- Driving innovation and new models of care
- Empowering the public around death, dying and loss
- Extending our reach
- Ensuring our long term sustainability
- Maintaining and improving the quality of care provided by us and others
St Christopher's Hospice
51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham
London, SE26 6DZ
St Christopher's main switchboard tel: 020 8768 4500
Fax: 020 8659 8680
South East Cancer Help Centre (SECHC)
SECHC aims to give any person affected by cancer an opportunity to explore ways which may help them to cope with their situation. Confidentiality is always maintained. The Centre aims to respect and support them in the choices they make and to provide individual and group support, complementary therapies and information within a friendly, caring environment
2 Purley Road
020 8668 0974
ACLT – African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
ACLT is a 30+ times award winning charity committed to providing hope to patients living with blood cancer and illnesses where a matched donor (stem cell, blood or organ) is required to save a life. Our work is driven by a belief that no one should die waiting for a donor to become available.
Through our work, we improve odds of finding matches by registering potential donors en masse from all ethnicities, with a focus on donors from the African and Caribbean communities. This is due to an extreme shortage of potential African and Caribbean donors.
We also provide support and advice to patients and their families throughout treatment, from diagnosis to recovery and sadly (in some cases), while supporting the patient and family during 'end of life': where treatments have not been successful.
Tel: 0203 757 7700
2A Garnet Rd
Paul's Cancer Support Centre
Established in 1983, the Centre is a registered charity that helps people who have been affected by cancer, their families and anyone who support them.
The Centre is based less than 10 minutes' walk from Clapham Junction station in south London. We offer a warm and welcoming environment, in which each person is regarded as an individual with their own unique response to the changes brought about by a life-threatening illness.
The Centre's services are open to people over 18 from all parts of the community, regardless of their background, gender, faith or sexual orientation. The Centre's premises are accessible by people with disabilities.
Our services can help to:
- reduce levels of stress and trauma
- create a sense of well-being
- improve self-esteem and self-confidence
- reduce feelings of loneliness
- increase people's sense of control and influence
- raise energy levels.
Paul's Cancer Support Centre
20-22 York Road
Tel: 020 7924 3924
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Health Help Now
Health Help Now aims to help people in Croydon and Sutton find the right service for their health needs. It provides advice and guidance and signposts to the relevant health and care services.
Health Help Now has been developed by North and East London Commissioning Support Unit with input from local GPs and other health professionals. It lists common symptoms and offers advice and suggestions for treatment.
By choosing the right service for your needs, you can avoid unnecessary trips to A&E.
If you require urgent treatment for symptoms which are not listed on Health Help Now, please ring NHS 111
Croydon IAPT Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service
Offers the Long Term Conditions project at Croydon IAPT (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Offers one day workshops on sleep and confidence building.
In addition they run an 8 week mindfulness based cognitive therapy programme for people with a physical health condition and also offer couple therapy.
Cancer Research UK
This website provides information about different types of cancer and showcases stories of those living with cancer.
There is information about how to live with cancer, from initial diagnosis to talking to family and friends about it, what the different types of cancer are (symptoms etc), and how to reduce the risks of getting cancer.