In these difficult times, the group is focusing its attention on helping to support people with cancer during the current pandemic. The information below is designed to reassure you that while the country is being asked to stay at home to stay safe, there is still support available to you and those you care about.
This is a time of uncertainty for us all and a cancer diagnosis further complicates this. The implications of COVID-19 for vulnerable groups have required a change to some cancer treatment plans and this significantly adds to that uncertainty, especially during social distancing and the need to self-isolate.
The NHS and Scottish Government are working hard to provide the best and most up to date information on changes to appointments, treatments and care plans. Your clinical team will remain the key contact for you and your family. It is important during this difficult time that you keep appointments that have been arranged and continue to work with your clinical team to access the right treatment and medication for your own personal circumstances.
It is also important that you seek emotional support at this difficult time. Traditionally much of this support would be delivered face to face, however, with the need to reduce face to face work to what is essential only, you may be feeling unsure of what is still available to you.
The coalition charities have been working hard to deliver their services and support to those staying at home. As much as possible is being delivered by telephone, email and online. This information is designed to help you find your way to these resources and support. Below you will find a list of charities and links to relevant information developed especially for this situation.
The information and support listed is related to COVID-19 where possible, but please do remember that there is a lot of self-help and self-management information and resources available that will be helpful and useful to you even though it is not specific to COVID-19. We would encourage you to explore all of the websites, online forums and available resources fully.
The following charities have developed a COVID-19 section on their websites with a wide range of information and suggestions for self help and support. Many also offer telephone and online support. They are listed alphabetically.
Ayrshire Cancer Support: operating patient hospital transport in line with NHS guidelines, offering telephone counselling and wellbeing check-in service for those affected by cancer (patients and loved ones). Tel: 01563 538008
BrainTumourResearch for regular updates & advice
Cancer Research UK who have a helpline: 0808 800 4040 which can provide support
Leukaemia Care resources include a buddy scheme, online forums, and helpline: 0808 801 0444
Macmillan Cancer Support also have a helpline: 0808 808 0000
MASScot – Melanoma Action and Support Scotland – support for skin cancer patients. Help line 0773 823 1260 8am – 11pm every day,
The Scottish Cancer Coalition is committed to updating this information if and when any changes occur so that you are able to easily find the most up to date information in one place.
Everyone at the Scottish Cancer Coalition hopes you and your loved ones stay at home, stay safe and stay well.