Cancer Coach telephone support groups

Have you struggled to adapt to life after your cancer treatment? Are you struggling with low moods or anxiety, feeling isolated, or finding it hard to deal with what you have been through?

At Cancer Support UK we understand that cancer takes its toll on you not just physically but also emotionally and that when your treatment has finished and everyone is expecting you to feel better can be when you feel worst of all. We also know it is normal to be left with worries, anxieties and concerns after your treatment, sometimes for a long time after, and once you have been discharged there is uncertainty about where to go to get help.

Our Cancer Coach telephone support groups are available to anyone who has completed their physical cancer treatment and is experiencing low mood, anxiety, worry or how to move forward in their recovery. The course takes participants through a series of weekly facilitated group phone calls, run over a six-week period. The weekly calls take you through a series of tips and exercises that aim to give you the tools, support and coping strategies that can help with your recovery.

Our trained volunteers will talk you through the negative patterns of thinking we might be left with after treatment ends and how we might challenge them, as well as how to manage your worries. You also get the chance to talk to other people that have also had a cancer diagnosis, enabling everyone on the call to receive and give valuable peer support and encouragement.

The course is free of charge and confidential, and participants can access the course via the telephone in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

What are the benefits of Cancer Coach?

The programme helps people who have experienced cancer:

  • Better understand and manage their own challenging emotions
  • Build resilience
  • Begin to reduce feelings of isolation and low mood
  • Improve their confidence and self-esteem, both during the programme and beyond.

Since Cancer Coach takes place over the phone, participants do not have to travel to a physical appointment. They can join their sessions from whichever private space they feel most comfortable.

Who is Cancer Coach for?

Cancer Coach is for anyone over the age of 18 who has completed treatment for cancer, regardless of whether they finished treatment a few months ago or a few years ago. Participants can be based anywhere in the UK.

If you are interested in finding out more about Cancer Coach either as a participant or a volunteer please click on the link below and a member of Cancer Support UK will be in touch.

Groups are

  • Run by trained volunteers
  • Free and confidential
  • Open to people with all types of cancer
  • Open to people across the UK
  • Designed by a range of health and social experts and people who have experienced cancer
  • Available for as long as it takes
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How the groups work

The Cancer Coach telephone support programme is a six-week programme for groups of up to six people. Groups explore some of the feelings associated with their cancer experience, and learn simple, evidence-based tools to begin to reduce some of the impact of negative emotions.

The programme aims to help participants to:

  • Connect and share with others who have been through similar experiences with cancer
  • Discuss negative emotions and learn strategies to manage them
  • Re-establish their sense of self and build self-esteem
  • Get a sense of control back in their lives through facing your fears and setting goals for the future
  • Create an action plan to begin to tackle your own fears and challenges head on
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Step 1

Simply register your interest here, or give us a call.

Step 2

We will be be in touch to check the programme is suitable for your needs and to give you all the information you need to get started.

Step 3

Join a group and start the programme. It’s free and we will call you once a week.

Step 4

Tell us what you think so we can always improve.

Have you experienced cancer?
Are you ready to help others?

Contact us at, or phone us on 020 7470 8755