Let's talk about cancer

25 - 29 January 2016 is Cancer Talk Week. This year we're discussing why it’s often hard to talk honestly about cancer.

Patients, friends, family members, partners, colleagues and carers – anyone can feel down about the impact cancer is having on their lives. And this can lead to feelings of loneliness. 

That’s where we come in. Whether it’s the friendship of our Online Community or the understanding voice at the other end of the Macmillan Support Line, we’re here. And this Cancer Talk Week, we want to make sure everyone feeling blue knows it.

Talk to us online

Our Online Community is now one of the biggest cancer peer support networks in Europe. It has over 95,000 registered members, consists of forums, blogs, and a brand new ‘Ask the Expert’ section, which hosts online Q&A sessions with Macmillan’s nurses and other health professionals.

Even better, the Online Community is supported by volunteer Community Champions, who welcome new members, help people find their way around, and provide general support to help people settle in.
If you're still not sure whether the Community is for you, watch our our animation featuring the voice of Community member, Helen.

If you're a carer

We have advice on being there for someone with cancer and how to cope with the impact on your own life.

If you're wondering how to talk to children about cancer

We have information about talking to children, including the best ways to explain treatment, and guidance around the reactions of different age groups.

If you're a teacher

We have some excellent resources for teachers planning to talk to children about cancer. You can order your 'Talking about cancer' toolkit, to help deliver curriculum-linked lessons about cancer, or perhaps hold a special assembly to raise awareness about the work Macmillan does. Don't forget, Cancer Talk Week is also a fantastic opportunity to organise a fundraising event at school, to help people feeling isolated by cancer.

Join the conversation

Follow the hashtag #GreenNotBlue, to keep up to date with all our conversation around Cancer Talk Week. 
Close-up of Dave looking down.

Dave talks about using the Online Community and the Macmillan Support Line.

Dave talks about using the Online Community and the Macmillan Support Line.

Other ways to talk

Macmillan Support Line worker, Zahida, appears smiling with headset.

Give us a call

We understand that cancer often feel like the loneliest place. If you feel like you'd like to talk directly to someone about how you're feeling, our trained support line staff are ready to advise and listen.

A person's hands can be seen using a laptop. The Source website appears on the screen.

Post a tip

If you or somebody you know is finding it difficult to reach out, tell them about The Source. It's a collection of simple, practical tips from people who have first hand experience supporting loved ones with cancer.

Animation - Helen sits with her laptop and her cat.

Share it with the Online Community

It's open 24 hours a day, free to join and anonymous. Whether you want to start a blog, post in a group, or just read other people's experiences, you're always welcome.

Stories from people who've struggled with loneliness

Shola speaking.


'The world without Macmillan would be a very lonely place.'

Luke seated.


'My family didn't leave my side. But my friends vanished. Pretty much all of them vanished.'

Patsy washes dishes in her kitchen.


'I didn't even understand myself what was going on in my head.'

Rocio concentrating.


'Loneliness is on many levels: physical, mental, emotional.'