Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

Our Cancer information nurse specialists are dedicated cancer nurses available to talk to on our Macmillan Cancer Support Line.

What we do

Cancer information nurse specialists are experienced cancer nurses who give advice and support to people living with cancer.

Our Cancer information nurse specialists can talk you through information about your diagnosis and treatment. They will help you understand what to expect from your diagnosis and share key information to help you manage symptoms and side effects.

They offer personalised support and answer any questions you might have about things including:

  • your cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • tests and monitoring
  • cancer risks, causes and prevention
  • symptoms of cancer
  • side effects
  • what you might expect at end of life
  • prognosis for your cancer type
  • coping with grief.

A Cancer information nurse specialist is different to a Macmillan nurse. We have information about how a Macmillan nurse can help you.

How to talk to a Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

You can talk to a Cancer information nurse specialist by calling the Macmillan Support Line. 

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

Opening times

  • Emotional and practical information
  • Clinical information
  • Financial guidance
  • Welfare rights
  • Energy advice
  • Work support team

Other ways to get in touch

Please note that conversations with our Support Line advisers are confidential, but may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

Outside the UK

If you're calling from outside of the UK you can contact us on +44 207 091 2230. We are unable to advise on healthcare systems overseas.

Deaf or hard of hearing

Are you deaf or hard of hearing? To make a text relay call, dial 18001 followed by 0808 808 00 00, or download the Relay UK app (Google Play/App Store).

Interpreter service

If you prefer to speak to us in another language, interpreters are available. Just state, in English, the language you want to use when you call.

Keeping people safe

It is important that the people who speak to us, and our colleagues on the Macmillan Support Line, feel safe. We have information about unacceptable behaviour when using the Macmillan Support Line.

How we can help

Information and support centres
Our information and support centres are staffed by volunteers and offer tailored information as well as a place to relax.
We have six buses that tour the country with a team of trained staff who are there to talk to you in confidence and open up all our services on offer.
Local Support Groups
If you need to talk about your cancer experience, there are over 900 Macmillan local support groups in the UK.
Trusted Information Creator - Patient Information Forum
Trusted Information Creator - Patient Information Forum

Our cancer information meets the PIF TICK quality mark.

This means it is easy to use, up-to-date and based on the latest evidence. Learn more about how we produce our information.