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Support Groups

Details of cancer support groups, forums and social events in Manchester to help you find mutual support and friendship.

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Manchester NHS Course
An NHS evidence-based programme to support people living with long term health conditions. The programme addresses the physical and emotional impact when managing health and well-being.
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Sunflowers Support Group
The Sunflower support group is for women who have been diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer. It is a great way of meeting others within the local area who have been through similar treatment such as surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. Here you can find mutual support and friendship.
Wednesday mornings, around every two months from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Trafford Centre. 
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Manchester Lymphoma Association Support Group
Have you been affected by Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Would you like to meet other people who have experienced lymphoma or are living with the condition? Everyone is welcome to come along to meetings, whether you have or have had a diagnosis yourself, or someone close to you has.
12 Sept 2018 & 14 Nov 2018 at The Christie Hospital, Manchester
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The Pennine Lymphoma Support Group
This friendly group offers information and support and regular guest speakers. Our group is open not only to people who have suffered from lymphoma but also to relatives and carers.
Thursday 30th Aug 2018 at 1.30pm at the Middleton Masonic Hall
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Salford Colorectal Support Group
The group meet at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to share their experiences and to offer emotional and practicable support and a listening ear. Patients, families and friends are all welcome at the meetings and can attend as often or a little as they like.
Bi monthly in the Mayo Building at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust usually from 6pm – 8pm on a Thursday.
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South Manchester Bowel Cancer Support Group
A group of people who have experienced the effects of bowel cancer. They organise various events throughout the year and have guest speakers and specialist colorectal nurses at all meetings. They offer a chance for a friendly chat with others who understand people’s situations.
Meet on the third Thursday of alternate months
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Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Run by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for any patients who have had or have a diagnosis of oesophageal or gastric cancers and their carers and family.
Friday 10th Aug 2018 11am - 1pm
Friday 28th Sept 2018 11am - 1pm
Friday 23rd Nov 2018 11am - 1pm
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University Hospital of South Manchester
Informal patient-led group with nurses in attendance. Activities are both cancer and non-cancer related, plus there is a Facebook group.
Every third Thursday of the month in Seminar Room 2 at Withington Community Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, M20 2LR from 2-4 pm.
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The Quiet Ones
They are laryngectomy patients and their companions who have come together to form a group that represents our interests, as well as providing mutual understanding and reassurance. Their aim is to bring together any laryngectomy patient who wishes to join, plus a companion, in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable.
They meet on the last Saturday of every two months, except December. They meet at Royton Band Club, Sandy Lane, Royton, OL2 5QP.
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Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group
This is a support group for people with mesothelioma and those who care for them. These meetings provide an opportunity to meet others who understand what you are going through, and to learn more about mesothelioma and the help that is out there.
It meets on the first Monday of every month, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, in the Collier Room at Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ.
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Beechwood Cancer Care Centre
Support group for men with prostate cancer and their friends/carers/family from all areas
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month 6pm-7pm at the Centre. 
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Breast Cancer Care course
A four-session programme providing information, support and professional guidance on how to cope with and adjust to life after treatment. Topics covered may include exercise, managing menopausal symptoms, lymphoedema, and intimacy and relationships.
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Manchester (Trafford General Hospital) Support Group
Run by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for any patients who have had or have a diagnosis of oesophageal or gastric cancers and their carers and family.
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Prostate Cancer Support (Droylsden)
This support group meeting is held in Salisbury Conservative Club, 60 Ashton Rd, Droylsden, Manchester M43 7BW.
First Thursday of each month at 6pm.
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Being There

Being There (formerly CALLplus) has a network of trained volunteers who give home- based emotional support and practical help. Services are tailored to each individual or family, but can include listening and befriending, practical help and driving to appointments. Being There has offices in North and South Manchester, Salford, Tameside and Trafford

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Self Help Services (Greater Manchester)

A user-led mental health charity based in the North West of England. Provides a range of support, including groups, peer support, eTherapy and talking therapies. Part of The Big Life Group

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Buzz Wellbeing Advisors

One to one support for up to six sessions to help people feel healthier and happier (12 sessions available for clients with more complex needs). Tailored to individual goals, whether it is LW&BC activities in Manchester and surrounding areas

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Macmillan Wellbeing Centre

This Davyhulme-based centre at Trafford General Hospital provides psychological and emotional support, including therapeutic groups to help people build confidence, manage fatigue, promote relaxation, and practice gentle exercise and yoga. Complementary therapies and counselling are also offered.

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Beechwood Cancer Care Centre Support Groups

Beechwood Cancer Care Centre hosts a range of Support Groups and services to help you stay in touch with Beechwood and to assist you in making new friends and keeping involved.  

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Breast Cancer Care

Groups, meet ups and events in your area with other people in your situation.

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Living with & beyond cancer group

Each meeting there is an informal conversation around a different theme, facilitated by a Macmillan Professional, for example fatigue, the emotional effects of cancer and healthy eating. The group are encouraged to share experiences and learn from each other.

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Cancer Chat

Talk to other people affected by cancer on the Cancer Research UK Cancer Chat forum.

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Melanoma UK

Melanoma UK aim to give patients and their families much needed support during the very difficult times they face upon diagnosis.

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