Services including Macmillan Cancer Support, Maggie's West London and CLIC Sargent are on-site at Charing Cross Hospital to support you through your cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment.
Cancer nurse specialists
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, a range of different healthcare professionals will deliver your care and support you. Central to your support team will be cancer nurse specialists.
Nurse specialists – previously called clinical nurse specialists – are experienced nurses who specialise in the care and support of patients diagnosed with cancer. They will work with oncologists, haematologists and other health professionals to coordinate your care and support you throughout your treatment. They will be contactable for the whole of your treatment regardless of the length or variety of treatments.
From when you are diagnosed, a nurse specialist will be there to provide:
- emotional support
- information and advice about your treatment
- information about symptoms you might experience and how to manage these
- information about other useful organisations and services
- basic benefits advice (they can also put you in touch with benefits advisers)
- information for your relatives and friends, if this is helpful
- nurse-led clinics or telephone consultations
Nurse specialists are supported by a team of Macmillan cancer navigators, who are a single point of contact for getting in touch with the nurse specialist team, other health professionals involved in your care as well as information about support services available for you and your family.
Maggie’s West London
Maggie's Centres provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals but run by an independent charity, Maggie’s Centres complement the work of the NHS. In our West London Centre, based at Charing Cross Hospital, our specialist staff offer one-to-one advice as well as group sessions, workshops and courses aimed at helping to address the physical and psychological impact of living with cancer.
Maggie’s West London is the orange building to the left of the main entrance to Charing Cross Hospital.
Drop-in times: 09.00 to 17.00, Monday through Friday
Phone: 020 7386 1750
Visit Maggie's West London for more information and a programme of activities.
CLIC Sargent – support for teenagers and young people dealing with cancer
We offer a specialised programme of support for young adults aged 16 to 24 in partnership with CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.
We understand that there can be specific challenges for teens and young adults dealing with a cancer diagnosis. You may be preparing to go to university or start your career when you receive your diagnosis. We’re here to help navigate some of those unique challenges.
Through this partnership, some of the things we offer include:
- practical and financial advice and support
- a ‘home from home’ for families of young adults receiving treatment at our hospitals
- time and space to talk about how you are feeling and coping with your changes
- liaising with your school, college, university or workplace to help you stay on track
- help to maintain links with your friends, your everyday life, and communities of other young people with cancer
- help to arrange free holidays and specialist short breaks away with the assistance of our care professionals and with medical support close to hand
At our Trust, you will see the same consultants and nurses and have the same treatment options as any other patient, but the CLIC Sargent team will help you access tailored resources just for you.
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