British Sign Language (BSL) videos

Our British Sign Language cancer information videos are here to help you understand and cope with cancer. They cover what cancer is, signs and symptoms of cancer, what to expect if you are diagnosed, living with cancer, diet and cancer, coping with side effects, and cancer treatments.

Introduction to cancer and where to get support

What is cancer?

This BSL video explains what cancer is and how our lymphatic system works.

Common cancers and reducing your risk

This BSL video is about common cancers in men and women and what you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

What to expect if you have been diagnosed with cancer

This BSL explains what may happen next if you are diagnosed with cancer and what your treatment options are.

Where to get support if you have been diagnosed with cancer

This BSL video explains the different support you can get if you have been diagnosed with cancer.

Signs and symptoms of cancer

Common cancer symptoms

This BSL video explains what symptoms are and things to watch out for.

Prostate cancer symptoms and the PSA test

Urologist Shiv Bhanot describes the symptoms of prostate cancer and explains the PSA test (prostate-specific antigen test).

Living with cancer

Brain tumour treatment

Jordan, who has had a brain tumour talks about life after cancer treatment. Anna, a Neuro-oncology nurse practitioner explains the side effects of cancer treatment.

Coping with cancer and hearing loss

Gwen, who is deaf, explains her experience and the difficulties she faced when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

More videos about cancer and additional disabilities

Coping with cancer and hearing loss

Gwen, who is deaf, explains her experience and the difficulties she faced when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

More videos about cancer and additional disabilities

Introduction to financial support available

A welfare rights adviser explains the various forms of financial help that might be available to people affected by cancer.

Living with bowel cancer

Eileen describes her experience of living with colon cancer and how she recovered after surgery.

Living with advanced cancer

Amanda explains her experiences of living with advanced breast cancer.

Diet and cancer

Healthy eating and cancer

We give you some ideas for simple changes which could make your diet healthier.

Eating problems and cancer

Dietitian Debbie Provan gives tips for managing the eating problems caused by cancer. Conor, who had Ewing Sarcoma, talks about the eating problems he had.

How to make a smoothie

Dietitian Debbie Provan gives instructions on how to make a smoothie for when you're having eating problems.

Side effects

Neutropenic sepsis

Stuart, who has been affected by neutropenic sepsis, talks about how he’s coped with it. Dr Jiri Pavlu explains what neutropenic sepsis is.

Coping with fatigue

We explain what fatigue is, the symptoms, and tips for getting a good night's sleep.

Coping with fatigue - Ruth's story

Ruth, 24, suffered with fatigue following her diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma. She talks about her experience of fatigue, and offers tips on how to cope.

Hair loss

Treatment for cancer can cause hair loss. We brought Amanda, Lurline and Doug together to share their experiences of cancer and hair loss.

More detailed information on treatments

An image thumbnail of a BSL video explaining what chemotherapy is

What is chemotherapy

This BSL video explains what chemotherapy is, how and why it is given, what happens in hospital and how chemotherapy can affect your life.

What is chemotherapy

This BSL video explains what chemotherapy is, how and why it is given, what happens in hospital and how chemotherapy can affect your life.

An image thumbnail of a BSL video explaining how to prepare for chemotherapy

Preparing for chemotherapy

This BSL video explains the things to think about and action to take before starting chemotherapy.

Preparing for chemotherapy

This BSL video explains the things to think about and action to take before starting chemotherapy.

An image thumbnail of a BSL video explaining what radiotherapy is

What is radiotherapy

This BSL video explains what radiotherapy is, how and why it is given, what happens in hospital and how radiotherapy can affect your life.

What is radiotherapy

This BSL video explains what radiotherapy is, how and why it is given, what happens in hospital and how radiotherapy can affect your life.

An image thumbnail of a BSL video explaining how to prepare for radiotherapy

Preparing for radiotherapy

This BSL video explains the things to think about and action to take before starting radiotherapy.

Preparing for radiotherapy

This BSL video explains the things to think about and action to take before starting radiotherapy.

Surgery playlist

This BSL playlist has 7 videos about surgery, including an introduction, why you might have surgery, and what will happen before and after your operation.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Try our YouTube channel or email cancerinformationteam@macmillan.org.uk.

We need your feedback to help us plan more videos

Please tell us what you think about our videos by emailing cancerinformationteam@macmillan.org.uk.

References and thanks

We would like to thank everyone at Reading Deaf Centre, Deaf Connexions and the Deafness Support Network in Chester for giving their feedback on our videos and helping us develop them. And thanks to Flashing Lights Media (now part of Remark!) for producing the videos. We would also like to thank Ramon Wolf at Drip Media, who produced our more detailed treatment videos, and Julie Dwyer, Pam Brightwell, Dennis Kemble, Nigel Tennikoon and Sue Moore from Deaf Connexions who reviewed them.