Cancer is when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. Some cancers may eventually spread into other tissues. There are more than 200 different types of cancer. 

Cancers are divided into groups according to the type of cell they start from. They include 

  • Carcinomas 
  • Lymphomas 
  • Leukaemias 
  • Brain tumours 
  • Sarcomas 

1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime. Thanks to research many people are cured.  

What support is available?

Macmillan Cancer Support has a wealth of information to help carers of those with cancer including practical information and support. The website is They have a Macmillan Support Line which you can call on 0808 808 00 00 and there is also an online chat which you can access through the website.  

Marie Curie – offer a lot of support through their website, They also have a support line which you can call on 0800 090 2309 for emotional support and practical information about terminal illness.  

Cancer Matters Wessex - are there for you if you are affected by cancer, whether as a patient, carer, family member or friend –

You will find information about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as links to local services and support. As a carer it’s important to get help to look after yourself and manage your own feelings.

Cancer support groups in Dorset

There are several support groups in Dorset for those affected by cancer and their carers including: