There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this will increase to three million in the next two years. So whilst great progress is being made helping people to live longer, the challenge we face at Cancer Support UK, is helping the ever increasing number of people living with cancer.
Unfortunately, more than 3 in every 4 cancer patients report having unmet needs, especially emotionally and psychologically.
We offer free Cancer Kits to people currently undergoing treatment as a practical aid to recovery.
The items have been suggested by people who have experienced cancer themselves.
We have Cancer Kits, Chemo Kits and Kids' Kits, which we supply free of charge.
The Kits include practical items for people receiving cancer treatment and we are planning to scale these up to keep up with demand.
Cancer Kits - are designed to help adults who are not receiving chemotherapy but are undergoing another form of cancer treatment. They contain items like puzzle books to relieve boredom, lip balm for chapped lips and a sleep mask to help block unwanted light.
Chemo Kits - are designed specifically to help people undergoing chemotherapy. They contain items to offset some of the unpleasant side effects of treatment, like cold hands and feet, nausea, and sensitive teeth.
Kids’ Kits are bursting with items that provide joy and happiness during the cancer treatment process.
They contain some special toys, craft items, books and games. They help to distract children during their treatment; allowing them to express their feelings with play specialists and creating positive memories for them whilst staying in hospital e.g. bubbles during chemotherapy.
“Cancer is a horrible, horrible disease requiring equally horrible treatment. To receive the Cancer Kit, is to receive a message that I wasn’t on my own, there are people out there willing me through this awful time. Thank you for being there”- Sarah
"I would just like to say a very big Thank you for my kit, everything in it has been put there with a lot of thought and kindness and has brightened up my day", Valerie
We do not duplicate the work of any other cancer charity and these services are not currently being provided elsewhere.