There are a wide range of charities, organisations and support groups across the country which can offer help and advice to patients or survivors of Head and Neck Cancer.
We have listed a number of these below for your information. The list is not exhaustive - if you think there is another organisation or group that we should include, please
get in touch to let us know. HANCUK are not responsible for the content or functioning of the organisations or websites listed on this page.
UK National charities and organisations
These National Charities provide help, information and support across the country and can be contacted through their websites.
Maggie's provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. They have 21 centres around the UK and
abroad. They offer personal and group support in a 'round a kitchen table' like environment.
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Macmillan Cancer Support provide information and support for all types of Cancer. They offer a wide-range of services and have excellent information on their
website covering symptoms and diagnosis of different types of Cancer.
CANCER RESEARCH UK
Cancer Research UK are a long established national cancer charity dealing with all types of Cancer. Through their fundraising they fund Cancer research as well
as offering information and support to patients, carers and survivors.
Saving Faces is a Facial Surgery Research Foundation formed in 2000 and dedicated to education to reduce the incidence of facial injuries, disorders and
diseases, including oral cancer. Saving Faces also manages three national audits, including the National Head and Neck Cancer Audit (HANA) for England and Wales.
HEADS2GETHER SUPPORT GROUPS
Heads2gether supports patients and their families/friends through diagnosis, treatment and recovery from Head & Neck Cancer. Regional meetings (usually held in
Oxford, Reading, Swindon, Nottingham, Warrington and London Hammersmith) are currently consolidated into a fortnightly Zoom meeting.
Regional support organisations
The organisations and groups listed below specifically target their support in certain UK geographical locations. You can click on the 'Open a Map' button below to see which group may be closest to you.
NORTHERN HEAD & NECK CANCER CHARITY (NORTH EAST)
The Northern Head & Neck Cancer Charity was founded by relatives of a former patient in 2013. They cover a geographical area in the North East of England which includes Northumberland,
Tyneside, Wearside, Teeside, County Durham and Cumbria.
THE SWALLOWS - HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (NORTH WEST)
The Swallows is a Head & Neck Cancer support group that offers 24/7 support to patients, survivors and carers. Based in Blackpool, it has links across
the UK and worldwide. They organises regular meetings, social events and conferences.
THE CROKUS CLUB - HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (EAST OF ENGLAND)
The Crokus Club is a Peterborough-based support group for patients and their families. They hold quarterly meetings and have
'buddying' systems for patients. They cover Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Norfolk, Northants and areas of Lincolnshire.
HNChelp hold group meetings and work with other support groups. They cover North Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire.
HEADS UP (SCOTLAND)
Heads Up hold weekly group meetings and also offer individual support and an information hub. They cover all of Scotland as part of Cancer Support Scotland.
FACEUP CYMRU (WALES)
FaceUp Cymru hold bi-monthly meetings and links to other support groups and cancer charities. They are based in South East Wales.
HANC - HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT (NORFOLK)
HANC is a group set up by nursing staff, hoping to support patients with Head and Neck cancers by raising funds, holding events and providing information and support.
GET A-HEAD (WEST MIDLANDS)
Get A-Head is a well established support group created 25 years ago, providing patient support and information. They awards grants for research into Head and
Neck Cancer and survivorship. They cover Birmingham & the West Midlands
HEADSTART - HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT (SOUTH EAST)
Headstart is a local support group for cancer patients, family and carers in Kent and Sussex. They run a variety of social events and provide support at
bi-monthly meetings in Medway.
THE CROAKIES (YORKSHIRE)
The Croakies are a local support group run by MacMillan nurses at The Bradford Cancer Support Centre, covering Bradford and the local area.
THE HEAD CASES (WEST MIDLANDS)
The Head Cases are a local support group with access to medical professionals. The group is supported and run by MacMillan nurses, covering the Staffordshire area.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON HOSPITALS (LONDON)
Monthly support group for anyone affected by Head & Neck Cancer. You will have the
chance to talk, share experiences and ask questions.
There are a number of online-only communities supporting patients, carers and survivors of Head & Neck Cancer.