Health and wellbeing information and support
This page includes links to websites, information sheets, videos and tutorials that you might find helpful.
Diet and exercise
Macmillan Cancer Support have lots of useful information and videos about eating well and keeping active.
It is safe for you to be active before, during and after treatment. You should try and achieve the recommended physical activity guidelines.
For more bespoke information, King’s provides an outpatient cancer rehabilitation service, offering assessment and intervention from our specialist oncology physiotherapist and dietitian.
Side effects of cancer and its treatments
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Cancer pain
- Hair loss and hair loss for men
- King’s psychological support services
- Fear of recurrence
- Supporting someone with cancer
- Worries and concerns about a cancer diagnosis
Scarf tying and wigs
Cancer treatments may cause changes to your normal hair growth, such as thinning or hair loss. You might want to consider wearing a headscarf or wig.
All chemotherapy patients at King’s are entitled to a free wig and all cancer patients are entitled to a free headscarf. To book a wig appointment or to receive your headscarf please contact the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on 020 3299 5228.
HeadWrappers are a registered charity hosting both one-to-one and group online sessions to people who are losing their hair through cancer treatment. They show that there are alternatives to wigs, by demonstrating scarf tying techniques and providing scalp care advice. To find out more, email [email protected].
Book a benefits advice session with us. Our benefits advisor can help you manage the financial impact of cancer.
Work and cancer
To help you navigate working with cancer and the challenges you might face, we have created some informative videos featuring experts from the Working with Cancer organisation answering a range of questions:
Talking to children about cancer
It is often challenging talking to children about cancer and knowing how best to support them. The Fruitfly collective provide practical solutions to support and assist with some of the cancer related issues that many families face. They have a series of videos that you might find helpful.
Young adults and cancer
If you are aged 20 to 40, Shine Cancer Support and Trekstock provide specific support for young adults with cancer during and after treatment.
Resources for patients with accessibility needs
British Sign Language
Macmillan Cancer Support have a number of videos available in British Sign Language on their YouTube channel.
If you have a learning disability, a hospital passport gives us important information about you, including personal details, the type of medication you are taking, and any pre-existing health conditions.
The passport also includes information about how you prefer to communicate. This can be very important when you are being treated at a hospital and will help staff give you the best care.
You can download a hospital passport from Mencap.
Easy read information
For easy read information on cancer types, investigations and treatments, please follow the links below:
Other useful websites
- Southwark Wellbeing hub
- Lambeth wellbeing hub
- Bromley Well
- St Christopher’s Hospice
- Live Through This (LGBTIQ+ support group)
- Breast Cancer Haven
- Paul’s Cancer Support Centre
- Look good feel better (skin care and pampering for both male and female cancer patients)
- Cancer Black Care
- Cancer Wellbeing London