Cancer Talk Week
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is hard. Talking about it can be even harder. Cancer Talk Week takes place from 20 – 26 January and we want to make it easier for you to start the conversations you might be struggling with.
Time to break the taboo
It’s often hard to talk honestly about cancer. Patients, family members, partners, colleagues and carers - anyone can find it hard to talk about the impact cancer is having on their lives. This can lead to feelings of isolation.
Macmillan believes no one should face cancer alone. During Cancer Talk Week we’re encouraging anyone affected by cancer to talk to us, ask for the support they need and join us in being there for others.
Ways to talk
Our Online Community is always open and full of people ready to listen and offer support. It’s anonymous and free to join.
Join now at macmillan.org/community
Throughout Cancer Talk Week we’ll be hosting web chats on our Facebook page; and tweeting about cancer using the hashtag #CancerTalk. You can also chip in on our hashtags #phrasesihate and #phrasesilove to share what makes it difficult or easy for you to talk to people.
Macmillan has trained Skype buddies, all of whom have had a cancer experience, to offer emotional support when you're going through a tough time, or just listen when you need a chat. Sign up here and you can start talking to your buddy through your web cam, Skype voice calls or instant messaging. Find out more and get started.
Are you a teacher?
Looking for advice on how to talk about cancer in schools? See our information for schools, Macmillan’s resource guide for teachers and youth group leaders.
You can also join the web chat about talking to children about cancer on our Facebook page on Monday 20 January at 3.30pm.
Support and information
Discover all the ways Macmillan can help, from offering financial and emotional support to finding local information centres and support groups.
From volunteering and e-campaigning to becoming a Cancer Voice, there are lots of ways you can help us help others.
Find information on your cancer type, different treatments and living with cancer.