Support groups and services

Services for people living with and beyond cancer

New projections highlight that one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime by 2020 but almost four in 10 will not die from the disease. Led by Dr Diana Greenfield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has pioneered a range of services for people living with and beyond cancer.

Based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, the Late Effects clinic concentrates solely in this area, caring for people living with and beyond cancer to ensure that further health issues are spotted, monitored and, where possible, prevented. To read the Sheffield Star article ‘Changing the Way Cancer Patients Are Looked After’ click here .

The Trust is also working with the Macmillan Survivorship Partnership to ensure that people living with and beyond cancer are leading as healthy and active a life as possible. Macmillan Complex Case Managers based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust bridge the gap between primary, community and secondary care.

The specialist team manage crises at home for patients and carers with complex needs by ensuring the length of stay in hospital is minimised, and appropriate planned discharge is managed with the aim of avoiding unplanned readmissions.


Cancer Information and Support Centre - (Just behind Weston Park Hospital)

Weston Park Cancer Support, 23 Northumberland Road, Sheffield S10 2TX

From Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, our doors are open to you and the people caring for you. Come here to find quiet, or a listening ear, make friends, find practical help and information, or a chance to join in with an activity and just be yourself.

Tel. 0114 553 3330

The Cancer Information Service holds books and videos about treatment and support which you may borrow. Contact +44 (0)114 226 5390.

The service is based in the Patient's Library on the 3rd floor of Weston Park Hospital.

Macmillan Cancer Support helps people who are living with cancer providing specialist health care, information and practical and emotional support. Contact them on 0808 808 0000 or visit

Leukaemia care

Royal Hallamshire Haematology Support Group

Lymphoma, Myeloma and other associated conditions and is open to patients, carers, family and friends of patients.

Meetings include: emotional support, medical professional speakers, discussions and social activities.

Contact: Please contact The CARE Team on 08088 010 444 or
email  for further information.

Meet at: Cancer Support Centre, 23 Northumberland Road, Sheffield S10 2TX (located behind Weston Park Hospital Car park)

We meet every four to six weeks on a Wednesday 6.30p.m – 8.30p.m.

Sheffield Bowel Cancer Support Group

The group meet at the Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB (end of Chapel Walk, opposite the Crucible Theatre) regularly.

For a list of up-to-date meetings please contact Christine Blaze at the Northern General Hospital on 0114 2714809.

You will have an opportunity to chat about any concerns or worries with others in a similar position, and also to plan what you feel would be most valuable for future meetings. It will also be possible to receive advice from trained volunteers and NHS staff on non-medical problems. Relatives and carers are also welcome to attend the meetings.

HUG (Help for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients)

This group provides help for patients who have had oesophageal, pancreatic or gastric cancer surgery as well as their carers. The group meets every 2-3 months at the Manor Operatic Society's practice rooms on Walker Street, near the Wicker in Sheffield. For information about the group and to find out dates of the next meeting please contact Anne crofts on +44 (0)114 2268755 or Beverley Furniss on +44 (0)114 2268408

The North Trent Lymphoedema Group
Contact Pamela Richards on +44 (0)114 2361205

Designed for teenagers with a parent who has cancer

The Sheffield Cameo Group
Evening meetings every other month on the second Thursday of every month sports and social club.

Contact: Glen Harding +44 (0) 114 296 7754 or Christine Dawson on +44 (0) 114 2723558

Sheffield Prostate Cancer Support Group
Contact: Les Ashcroft +44 (0)114 2474628 or Norman West +44 (0)114 2960797

SHARE - Support, Healing, Acceptance, Recreation, Education.

A monthly support group for young adults with Hodgkin's Disease

Contact: Matt Winter on +44 (0) 114 268 3855, mobile +44 (0) 7765 893302 or Janet Hutchinson (research nurse) on +44 (0) 114 226 5300

Regional Groups

Support Groups in Rotherham

Rotherham Breast Cancer Support Group
Mrs. Ros. Marsh +44 (0)1709 730635
Sylvia Danks +44 (0)114 287 2785

Dearne Valley Cancer Support Group
+44 (0)1709 87017

Support Groups in Doncaster

Doncaster Breast Cancer Support Group
Contact Sue Reader on +44 (0) 1405 740511 or
Deborah Whitehead or Barbara Langdale 01302 366666

Cancer Support Group
Contact Janet Ryles at Doncaster Royal Infirmary on +44 (0) 1302 366666 ext 3143.

St John's Information and Support Centre
Information and Support Service: Contact Jo Shepherd on 01302 796924
Caretogether (Carers Support Group): Contact Carol Nettleton on 01302 796853
Pathways (Patient Support Group): Contact Kerry Griffiths on 01302 796925

Support Groups in Barnsley

Barnsley Cancer Aftercare
Christine Allen +44 (0) 1226 385187

Support Groups in Chesterfield

Focus Group-Breast Cancer
Contact Donna Ashley on +44 (0) 1246 512356

Manvers Laryngectomy Club
Tony Curtis 01246278512


Additional Information

Grandad of six overcomes cancer with Hospital's support

Eric Bailey, a dad of three and granddad of six, is one patient who knows how important Sheffield Teaching Hospital's 'Heads Together' support group is to local cancer sufferers and their families.

The support group, which was the first in the region to be set up especially for patients with cancer of the head and neck, is celebrating the success of its first year.

In 2003, Eric from Barnsley, now aged 70, was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal chords. He was referred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where surgeons removed his vocal chords and speech therapists taught him to speak again with the aid of a stoma.

Eric said: "After receiving excellent care and treatment, I was introduced to the Laryngectomy Support Group at the Hallamshire Hospital. This was great for patients like me, but at the time there wasn't anything for patients suffering other forms of cancer of the head and neck."

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