Pain and fatigue
If you are experiencing pain or cancer-related fatigue, you can talk to a Cancer Information Nurse Specialist. They can help by talking to you about your diagnosis and treatment, and give you information about the effects living with cancer and treatment may have on you.
You can contact a Cancer Information Nurse Specialists by:
- Calling the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
- Chatting online with a specialist using our webchat.
- Emailing the Macmillan Support Line.
- Asking a nurse any questions you may have on our Online Community.
We can also help if you:
- Would prefer to speak to us in another language
- Are calling from outside the UK
- Are deaf or hard of hearing
Visit the Macmillan Support Line page for more information.
Your cancer doctor or nurse may ask you to contact them if you have pain, or if it gets worse. It is very important to follow their advice. If you need immediate medical help, call 111 or visit the NHS 111 website.
If you would like to chat online with people going through a similar experience, you can join our Online Community.
Health professionals, trained volunteers and Macmillan staff in the Online Community can give you advice and tips to help you.
You can also:
Boots Macmillan information pharmacists
If you have a Boots pharmacist nearby that you are able to access, you may not need to wait until your next hospital appointment to speak with a cancer specialist. A Boots Macmillan information pharmacist can speak to you about any pain or tiredness you may have.
There are over 2,200 Boots Macmillan information pharmacists in Boots stores around the UK. They are pharmacists who have been specially trained to:
- understand the different types of cancer and treatment
- answer your questions about medication
- listen to your concerns and provide emotional support
- guide you to other sources of information and support
- connect you to Macmillan services in your local area.
Apps and online services
The free mobile apps listed below are not provided by Macmillan, but they may help you to find other types of support while you are living with cancer.
If you are experiencing pain and/or fatigue you may find them useful for tracking this and other symptoms. This can help you with telling your healthcare team.
Untire App. You can download it from:
Vine Health App. You can download it from:
Different organisations offer advice, support and information about pain, such as:
The British Red Cross has volunteers who can help you with things such as shopping, posting letters or changing library books. They may even help with taking you to a hospital appointment. They can also lend equipment such as wheelchairs and commodes (portable toilets).
The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) give information and advice to disabled people. They also have advisers and occupational therapists who can advise about mobility aids and equipment.