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This information is for older people who have questions or concerns about cancer. It explains the different types of treatment and support available. It also has information about living with cancer and other conditions.
If you are a young person who is living with cancer, there is information and support especially for you.
Information about children's cancers, including how they are diagnosed, the treatments involved, possible side effects and how to get support.
Information and advice to help you cope with cancer if you are also coping with another medical condition.
Being diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy can be very hard. You might be coping with difficult feelings, or facing hard decisions about cancer treatment. Here is some information about coping with the emotional and practical issues you may experience, being diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, the treatment you may have and having your baby.
A rare cancer can be difficult to diagnose. You may need to have more tests than people with more common cancers. You may be referred to more than one specialist as the doctors try to find and understand what type of cancer you have.
There are a number of reasons why there may be a delay in diagnosing a rare cancer:
There are guidelines to help GPs know when to refer people to a specialist, if their symptoms might be due to a cancer.
If you are having tests to check for cancer, you may want to ask your doctors questions to help you understand what is happening:
Waiting for test results can be a difficult time. It may take from a few days to a couple of weeks for the results of your tests to be ready. You may find it helpful to talk with your partner, family or a close friend. Your specialist nurse or one of the organisations listed on our database, can also provide support. You can also talk things over with one of our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.
I was diagnosed with a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma when I was 39. Because the disease is rare and usually affects older people, it took several months to get diagnosed.
Order or download free, reliable information that is easy to understand. Our booklets cover signs and symptoms, diagnosis, cancer types, treatments and living with cancer.
Our booklet explains how clinical trials are carried out, when you might be invited to take part and what you could expect if you do.
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