A charity chaired by the broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has launched an online map to help people find cancer care and support services across the UK.
has been launched by Dimbleby Cancer Care to address a gap in information about cancer related services for those living with cancer, their friends and family as well as carers and clinicians.
The launch follows a pilot that got underway in February last year. Since then the site has developed with input on latest services from former and current cancer patients as well as medical staff.
Information is being added week by week and covers NHS centres, charity and community led support groups as well as businesses that offer special discounts to those with cancer.
“Five years ago, a friend asked me to find cancer services for his wife. I realised very quickly that this was frighteningly difficult to do, and that there was no comprehensive resource to help me,”said Dimbleby Cancer Care Chair Jonathan Dimbleby.
“At Dimbleby Cancer Care, we wanted to create our own site to ensure make sure that nobody facing cancer goes without the care they need; all you would need is an internet connection and a postcode.
“The site has already grown tremendously over the past year, and we’re now incredibly excited to be officially launching cancercaremap.org and helping raise awareness across the country of these much-needed services.”
Lack of awareness of support
To coincide with the launch Dimbleby Cancer Care has released findings of a survey of 2,000 UK adults that found more than half (51%) are unaware of emotional support services despite studies finding that mental ill health can affect up to 49% of people with cancer.
Dimbleby added: “These results illustrate a shocking truth - that vital cancer care and support services are available, yet remain hidden to those who need them.
“By 2020, one in two people in the UK will have had a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. That’s 27.6 million people who may not know where to find cancer support groups in their local area.”
Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of Jonathan's father, the broadcaster Richard Dimbleby.