21 April 2020
- living with cancer, have had cancer in the past, or are worried that you have cancer
- a relative, friend or carer of someone living with cancer
this FAQ document contains the latest guidance from cancer charities on staying safe and accessing treatment/diagnosis.
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is based in the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The centre offers support and information to anyone who has concerns about cancer, their relatives, friends and carers.
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.
Below is a video in which you can meet the team and find out a bit more:
We can help you with the practical and emotional aspects of living with cancer, from finance and benefits support to travel insurance. We can also help you with information on health promotion, prevention and detection of cancer.
Information is available in different languages on request, and is suitable for people with learning difficulties. We also offer guided access to the internet. We can put you in touch with other groups and organisations that we think will be able to help you, including the Macmillan Benefits Advice Service, the Macmillan Cancer Rehabilitation Team, and local support groups.
We do run an outreach service at other smaller hospitals in Berkshire (Bracknell Healthspace and West Berkshire Community Hospital), but only at certain times during the week. Please contact us to find out when we’ll be at a hospital near you.
How can I learn more about the type of cancer I have?
Who can I speak to about benefits advice?
Do you have information on local and national support groups?
How do I go about getting information on travel insurance?
The service is based in the North block of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, in the Berkshire Cancer Centre, in friendly, confidential and quiet surroundings. If you have any concerns or questions about cancer, you can drop in without an appointment. You don’t need a referral from a doctor or nurse. All discussions are in complete confidence and we welcome anyone who needs our help.
We’re open Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4pm and Friday 9am to 2pm, except bank holidays.
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. We also offer chats virtually.
Macmillan Cancer Information Centre
NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
Tel: 0118 322 8700