Support groups

If you want to speak to more young people with cancer, or are struggling to speak to any in the first place, a support group can be a great place to meet other people in a similar situation.

You can ask questions and chat at meetings, which are usually held in hospitals, cancer support centres or community centres. Ask a member of your care team to put you in touch with an appropriate support group. Or visit macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area to search for a group in your area.

Or you could join an online support group or community. 

Join our online community

CLIC Sargent's online community is a friendly, safe space for young people to share experiences, make friends, find information and support each other through difficult times. 

"I've made lots of new friends through the CLIC Sargent youth group, including a best friend. It's been great to have someone to talk to regularly."

If you're aged 16 to 24, and have, or have had cancer, join the community to discuss your experience and the impact its had on your life, or anything else that interests you, like films, music, and plans for the future

Download the app by searching ‘CLIC Sargent Online Community’. Use #helloimnew when you arrive.

Other online support groups

If you choose to join an online support group, make sure that you find one that is moderated and run by a trustworthy organisation.

What you read or hear will not necessarily be reliable or predict what will happen to you. Another person's cancer experience is specific to them, just like your experience is very much unique to you.

Remember, they work well when:

  • They provide moral support and understanding in a safe environment
  • They reduce anxiety about treatment and side effects

They don't work so well when:

  • Moderators don't suitably monitor a group
  • Posts are highly negative without being balanced by positive feedback
  • Posts claiming to be factual prove to have no scientific basis

If you don't feel comfortable with a group, you can always leave. If in doubt, speak to a member of your care team.

Updated March 2018, next review due 2019.

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