The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre
is based in the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire NHS
Foundation Trust. The centre provides free information and support
services for anyone affected by cancer.
You may have cancer yourself, care for a
friend or relative, work as a health care professional or simply
want to know more about cancer.
Drop in service
If you have any concerns about cancer then please drop by for a
chat; you don't need to make an appointment. We are here to help
Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
We can arrange for people with, or affected by cancer to obtain
information about cancer in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You
can take the time to share your concerns, or to ask questions and
get up to date information.
If you cannot visit the Macmillan Information Centre, we have a
telephone service, with an answer phone and can arrange to call you
We have a comprehensive range of leaflets, books, audio and
video tapes on the subject of cancer, as well as access to the
We will be happy to guide you through information materials and
websites focusing on cancer and other health-related issues, if you
If the information you require is not available we will try to
get for you.
We can give you a face-to-face support; offer a listening ear of
put you in contact with the patient support groups in the area. The
information centre has close links with the Cancer Specialist
Nurses and could link you in to their service if appropriate.
Macmillan Berkshire Benefits Service
Macmillan Berkshire Benefits Service is a new initiative to
support people who have a diagnosis of cancer and who live or
receive treatment in Berkshire. This service is also available to
their carers and family members.
The service will be provided both at the Royal
Berkshire Cancer Centre Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and
at Wexham Park Hospital (incorporating patients from King Edward
VII and Heatherwood Hospital) all day Monday.
Clients will be seen using an appointment
system. Referrals will be accepted through self referral, front
line health professionals and other organisation supporting people
Please call into the Macmillan Cancer
Information centre for more details or contact the service direct
on 0118 952 3027 or vist the website.
Look good Feel Better
We run a monthly workshop in conjunction with
Look Good… Feel
Specially trained volunteer beauty
professionals take small groups of patients through a 12 step skin
care and beauty regime designed to combat the visible side effects
of there treatment for cancer.
The Look Good….Feel better workshops are
informative, lively, and most of all fun. The workshops are two
hours of learning with chat and laughter. They give support and
comfort to the women who attend. Almost immediately everyone
forgets that they are cancer patients and sets about learning about
and trying new products whilst gaining tips and new techniques from
the beauty experts.
The workshops run on a Tuesday afternoon from
2.30-4.30 at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Please call the Macmillan Cancer Information
centre for more information or to be put on the waiting list on
0118 322 8700.
Royal Berkshire Cancer Patient Advisory Group
Do you have cancer or do you care for someone
We would like you and your views to
help influence the future of cancer care in this area
The group is made up of patients, carers and
healthcare professionals working together to influence and improve
cancer services at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and in the West of
There are many levels of support for this
group, would you be able to
- Attend meetings to discuss issues and take them forward to
- Be on a list of people willing to review documents and drafts
of patient information
- Willing to be part of a group focusing on a specific issue that
would interest you.
If you would like more information on how to
get involve then pleased contact Catherine Bailey, Macmillan Cancer
Information Centre Manager, on 0118 322 8700, (Mon, Tues and Wed
How to get there: London Road
car park. Enter the RBH at the old main entrance. Turn right and
follow the signs for radiotherapy department. Enter the Berkshire
Cancer Centre and check in at Reception Desk.
Wheelchair access: Located in
the Berkshire cancer centre which can be access on one level from
the London Road Car Park (Disabled Parking available), the Redlands
Road entrance with a drop off point for cars and the entrance near
Medical Photography on West Drive, Disable Packing available in
Haematology, Oncology, Radiotherapy, Berkshire Cancer Centre,
Macmillan Information centre.
Conditions treated: radiotherapy, chemotherapy,
palliative and supportive therapies, symptom management.
Berkshire Cancer Centre, North Block, Level 1