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Talking about cancer

Need to talk? Call us free* 0808 808 00 00 Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm

Find groups and talks near you

Learn more about support groups and find one near you.

'I wanted to talk to somebody who felt the same way as I did'

Watch our video and find out more about what it's like to attend a cancer support group.

Find a support group near you

What to expect from a group

Cancer support groups give you the chance to talk to others who can understand what you are going through.

How to start your own group

Self help and support groups bring people together to offer mutual support. If you're thinking of starting your own support group, Macmillan can help with advice, training and start-up grants.

How we support your group

Macmillan supports groups with training, grants and resources, to help them develop.

Find groups near you

Macmillan supports more than 900 independent cancer support groups and organisations across the UK. If you need to talk about your cancer experience, you can find one near you.

Read stories about getting support


Patsy on family and friends

'It’s almost worse for your partner.'

Venus on emotions

'Your emotions are just completely battered.'


If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you’re not alone. Find out what to expect, get information, practical advice and support, hear from experts and read about other people’s experiences.

About cancer

A cancer doctor explains how cancer develops, how it can be treated and what might happen.

About our cancer information videos

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.