Cancer describes a number of conditions where cells in the body grow and multiply in a way that can't be controlled. These cells may then destroy healthy body tissue, such as organs.
What causes cancer, and how quickly the cells grow and spread, differs from person to person. It is a serious health problem in the UK, with around 1 in 3 people affected at some time in their lives.
If you need to know more about cancer and cancer-related care, there are many local and national resources that can help.
NHS cancer information
The country's biggest health website, NHS Choices, features advice on cancer prevention, coping with test results and social care for cancer patients. It also has video stories from people who have been through cancer treatment.
Local cancer services
Your local NHS Primary Care Trust list details of local cancer services:
The Sussex Cancer Network (SCN) provides high quality, patient-focused cancer care services. Their website has up-to-date information for people in Sussex affected by cancer:
The East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS) also lists local cancer support groups:
National cancer charities
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. You can get help, advice and support by phone or online:
Leading research charity Cancer Research UK provides reliable and easy-to-read patient information at CancerHelp UK:
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to cancer patients (and those with other terminal illnesses) in their own homes. You usually need to be referred for help by your GP or district nurse:
Young people can get advice from the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity working to improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
There are also many cancer charities that offer information about different types of cancer, for example:
Advice for carers
If you are a carer for somebody with cancer, you might find useful carers' information and advice from Carers Direct, East Sussex County Council, or your local Primary Care Trust website:
Or, you may require help or a social care assessment from the Council's adult social care department: