Virtual services for people living with cancer

  • Join the Macmillan Online Community - to chat online with cancer specialists and other people living with cancer.
  • Register for email support from diagnosis. If you sign up to receive regular emails from us when you are diagnosed with cancer, we can:
    • offer you personalised information and support when you need it
    • help you cope with the health, money and emotional impacts of cancer
    • help you understand your diagnosis so you can ask the right questions about your treatment
    • give you-up-to date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer.
  • Sign up to the SafeFit service - connect with a cancer exercise specialist who can help you remotely with your physical and emotional well-being.
     

Apps for people living with cancer

Untire

Untire's daily step-by-step programme includes tips, advice, stress-reducing exercises, physical activities and educational content to help people who have cancer-related fatigue.

The Untire app is free to use. You can download it from:

You can find out more about Untire here.

Careology

Careology is an app that supports people with cancer to monitor and manage their health. Many people find managing their cancer treatment complicated and confusing. The aim of the app is to help people feel more in control of their care while they are having their treatment.

The Careology app is free to use. You can download it from the App Store. It will soon be available on Google Play.

Vinehealth

The Vinehealth app is suitable for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment. It allows users to:

  • log and track symptoms
  • record notes
  • set medication and appointment reminders
  • access advice and guidance access psychological support including meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises and short courses on topics such as body image, loneliness and self-soothing
  • summarise their symptoms in easy-to-view reports, making it simple to communicate with their care team
  • prepare for appointments and understand which questions they might want to ask.

The Vinehealth app is free to use. You can download it from:

Apps for managing anxiety

My Possible Self

My Possible Self app features 10 interactive self-help modules which help people learn the skills they need to manage feelings of stress, anxiety and low mood.

My Possible Self is available from:

It is suitable for anyone aged 18 or over who is experiencing stress and anxiety.

The app is currently free during the coronavirus pandemic. When this offer ends it will continue to be free to access the basic service, and £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year to access the full service.

Stress and anxiety companion

The Stress and Anxiety Companion app is for people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or stress. The app is not a cancer-specific service, but may benefit a person living with cancer.

The basic service is free, and a yearly subscription for the full-service costs £12.99.

The app is available to download from:

Cove

The Cove app helps people to improve their emotional and mental health by encouraging self-expression through expressive therapy. The app can be used at any time, but it is most helpful when someone is finding it difficult to express themselves through talking or writing.

It is not a cancer-specific service, but people living with cancer may benefit from using it.

This app is approved by the NHS and features in the NHS Apps Library.

The Cove app is a free service available from the App Store.

Be Mindful - online course

Be Mindful can be used by anyone aged 16 years or older who wants to improve their mental health and enjoy the benefits of practising mindfulness. It is suitable for all, including beginners or people who have tried mindfulness before.

There is a one-off £30 fee for lifetime access to Be Mindful. If you find the service is not right for you during your first week, you can claim a full refund.

You can sign up on the Be Mindful website.

Telephone support for people living with cancer

You can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

As well as emotional support we provide specialist services to help you. Please note the opening times may vary by service.

  • Welfare rights advice - our welfare rights advisers can tell you about benefits and other financial support. Energy advice - we have energy advisers who can help you reduce the costs of your heating and electricity.
  • Financial guidance - our financial guides are experts in helping to reduce the financial impact of cancer.
  • Cancer information nurse specialist - our experienced cancer nurses can talk you through information about your diagnosis and treatment.
  • Work support service - our dedicated work support specialists help you to understand your rights at work.
  • Macmillan Grants - we can also give you information about Macmillan Grants.

Our trained cancer information advisors provide a listening ear and point you in the right direction, so you can seek further support.