The following organisations provide information and support about relationships and sex. Your hospital team may also be able to help, or could let you know about additional services in your area and at your cancer centre. You can also look at our information about sex and relationships.
Support for people affected by cancer. Macmillan produces a wide range of information about relationships, sex and fertility for teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Supporting young people aged 13-24 diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust provides useful tips for young people with cancer, who are in a relationship.
Brook provides free and confidential information about sex, sexual health, contraception and pregnancy for under-25s across the UK. Their Ask Brook service answers questions by phone, text or email. They also have a network of drop-in centres offering sexual health and contraception.
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard provides information and support via phone, email, instant messaging and text for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans people and anyone who is considering issues around their sexuality. Their online database, the Turing Network, is a directory of resources for all aspects of LGBT life.
Relate offers relationship counselling, family counselling and sex therapy in 600 locations across England and Wales. Their counsellors work with thousands of couples and families each year and offer subsidised counselling sessions in some areas. A similar service is offered by Relate Northern Ireland.
Relationships Scotland provides mediation, relationship counselling and family support to Scottish couples and families.
JTV hosts video diaries, animations and other creative recordings, made by young cancer patients about their cancer journeys.
Trusted health information from the NHS including information about relationships and sex for young people.
24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone in distress or despair.
Or call 08457 909090 (UK) or 1850 609090 (ROI) free of charge
Other advice and support
Any health professional should be able to answer your questions about sex and relationships in a confidential and straightforward way without judging you. Just talk to the person you feel most comfortable with. You may also be able to talk to a psychologist, counsellor or social worker. You can always ask to see a different professional, for example, if you’d feel better talking to someone of your own gender.
Talking to other young people who have been through cancer is another idea. CLIC Sargent's online community is a friendly digital space for 16-24-year-olds who have, or have had cancer. The community is a place to share experience, make friends, find useful information and support each other through difficult times.
You can also contact CLIC Sargent and we’ll put you through to someone who can help. Call 0300 330 0803 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated March 2018, next review due 2019.