Living with cancer

After your diagnosis

We recognise how difficult a diagnosis can be and the impact it can have on someone’s life.

Across Tower Hamlets there is now a full range of support services to help you as a cancer patient, with every stage of the journey. Please reach out and make contact to see how they can help you.

Macmillan Cancer Care has invested in a new service to help Tower Hamlets cancer patients when they return home from hospital.

Macmillan Cancer Care Navigation Service

The service is delivered by East London Foundation Trust.

The aims are:

  • to have personalised conversations to assess people’s holistic needs
  • co-produce a care plan, coordinating with other professionals in the team around the person
  • ensure that people access the information and support they require, especially in the community.

Further information can be found on the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) website.

Take Home and Settle Service ended Sept 2022

The Macmillan Cancer Support Take Home & Settle Service in Tower Hamlets will now be facilitated by Age UK East London. The service will continue to be available to anyone over the age of 18 who is a resident of Tower Hamlets and is currently undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy treatment.

Age UK East London will assist people returning home from hospital and ensure the home environment is safe, clean, and comfortable. We will organise practical support at home, help with planning ahead for the treatment schedule, provide reassurance and help with anxiety, and help with referrals to other support services if needed. Age UK East London can continue to visit regularly for a period of six weeks.
If you would like to refer someone to this service, or make use of this service yourself, please contact Chris Tymkow on 07508499937 or email

Support for carers

Carers Centre

Carers Centre Tower Hamlets provides the following: 

Further information can be found on their website 

Get involved

Want to help make a difference to cancer services in north east London?

If you have personal experience of cancer as a patient or carer in north east London, we would like to hear from you. Join our group of patient and carer representatives today.

For more information, visit our Patient and Carer Voice in Cancer web pages.

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