An introduction to cancer

Cancer is when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. These can form tumours or affect the production and function of blood cells. . There are over 200 different types of cancers. The most common types of cancer are breast, prostate, lung and bowel. Every year around 260,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK.


Caring for someone living with cancer

If you are caring for a loved one who has cancer or would like information on how to be supportive, there are a variety of services available to help.


Derbyshire Adult Carer Support Service

Derbyshire Carers Association have a variety of support services that have been designed to assist Carers with the practical, physical and emotional impact of care giving.  We can help you create a support plan and prepare for the future by connecting you to relevant services and giving you choice and control over the support you receive. 


MacMillan Cancer Support

Macmillan offer a wide range of information, advice and support for someone living with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer. Macmillan have information and factsheets on all different types of cancer, how they are diagnosed, the treatment and impacts. They host online communities and chat. They provide practical support on areas such as benefits and finances, travel and healthcare costs and employment.

Macmillan have Cancer Information Centres at the following hospitals:


Connex Readycall

Connex Readycall provides befriending and bespoke practical support to people and their families in the Derbyshire Dales who are living with cancer. Volunteers can help with a range of tasks including a weekly visits, walks and trips to garden centres. They can also help with shopping and dog walking if the person is unable to do this because of being unwell. Call Buxton: 01298 23970 or Ashbourne: 01335 348600 or email



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