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Macmillan Cancer Information Centre

The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is based in the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berks Hospital - see BCC on hospital map. 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 at home.

Information service

We have a comprehensive range of leaflets, books, audio and video tapes on the subject of cancer, as well as access to the Internet.

We will be happy to guide you through information materials and websites focusing on cancer and other health-related issues, if you need assistance.

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.

Look good Feel Better

We run a monthly workshop in conjunction with Look Good… Feel Better.

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 2.30-4.00 at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Workshops also take place at West Berkshire Community Hospital and the Royal Berkshire Bracknell HealthSpace on an Monday and Thursday respectively every other month between 2.00-4.00.

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 that does?

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 Berkshire area.

There are many levels of support for this group, would you be able to

  • Attend meetings to discuss issues and take them forward to influence services
  • 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 10.00-2.00).

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 West Drive.

Related Department: 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

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Berkshire Cancer Centre
North Block
Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

Tel: 0118 322 8700