About our website

The information and support section of our website has recently changed and we'd love to know what you think - let us know by email.

What has changed?

We've rearranged our information so that information and support are together. This makes sense as somebody searching for information about their cancer or treatment would logically also be interested in ways that Macmillan can help them.

We've also structured our cancer information in a new way. Lots of people told us that they prefer to digest information at their own pace rather than be faced with it all at once. For this reason we've created a tiered information structure, with an introduction followed by more in-depth information further down the page for those who want it.

Macmillan recently developed our brand to include more photography, different colours and a focus on real-life stories. We've tried to reflect this in this new section and we hope that the inclusion of more real people and their experiences makes our content more accessible to more people.

Why the new design?

The pages have been redesigned to be easy to browse and to help you get what you’re looking for. We’re also launching our new homepage which reflects the updated site structure and brand refresh.

Why has it changed?

We've done a lot of user research, both within Macmillan and by engaging directly with our audience. We have an in-house user-experience specialist, who's been testing new approaches to see what works best for our users. When we were testing our cancer information content, we found that some people wanted loads of detail, while others were completely overwhelmed by longer articles, so we've developed a whole new tiered system of delivering this sort of content. This way, you can browse at a level of detail you’re comfortable with.

We’re also moving to a new content management system which will allow us to maintain the high standard of our information more easily.

Is there a mobile version?

Yes. All of our new sections are optimised for mobile and tablet.

Why does some content look different?

We have a huge amount of content and we’re moving it to our new website section by section. This means that there will be a time where some content is on our new system and some is still on the old one. At the moment around 60% of all of our content is in the new format, but we’re working on it. And the content on the older pages is still fully quality assured and up-to-date, it just won’t look so pretty or work so well on your mobile.

Is anything else changing?

We’ll be updating the rest of the site over the next year – we’ll keep you updated.

I can't find what I'm looking for?

If you’re having problems finding cancer information, then please contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000.

Back to Understanding

What is cancer?

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

Cancer and cell types

Cancers are grouped into types. Types of cancer often behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

Getting diagnosed

If you have any unusual symptoms or changes to your body that are worrying you, go and see your GP.

How is cancer treated?

There are five main types of cancer treatment. You may receive one, or a combination of treatments, depending on your cancer type.

Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.