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Cancer Support Charities

Chai Cancer Care

Chai Cancer Care is the Jewish community’s cancer support organisation that provides many services including counselling, therapies, complementary therapies, helpline, social and physical activities, advocacy and advice and expert lectures.

Chai has counsellors who have received specialist training to support individuals considering or choosing to partake in BRCA gene testing. They are able to provide emotional support at any stage of the BRCA testing journey. 

Services are available to patients, families and friends from their Hendon base, Redbridge, South London, and Greater Manchester.

Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 4567

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Macmillan provides care and support for people with cancer at every stage of their illness by offering medical help, information, advice and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, and financial help and advice for patients in need. Their website, specialist cancer nurse helpline, and high-quality publications are available free to everyone who needs them. 

Macmillan Cancer Line: 0808 808 0000 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm)

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Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Care is dedicated to providing support to women with breast cancer or other breast-related problems as well as to their families, partners and friends.

Helpline: 0808 800 6000

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Ovacome is a support organisation for people effected by ovarian cancer. It develops and works with other cancer organisations to provide relevant literature.

Support service: 0800 008 7054

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Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK is a UK charity that funds research, provides support services to men with prostate cancer and carries out awareness raising activities. They provide services to men and their families affected by Prostate cancer including specialist Nurses, one-to-one support and information leaflets.

Support service: 0800 074 8383

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Breast Cancer Haven

With centres in London, Hereford and Leeds, Breast Cancer Haven offers free support – including counselling, complementary therapies, stress reduction, support groups and nutritional advice – to help anyone with breast cancer cope with the physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and its medical treatment. Online and telephone support is also available.

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Ask Eve

Ask Eve is a nurse led specialist gynaecological advice service run by The Eve Appeal.  It is led by Dr Tracie Miles, an oncology nurse specialist who is dedicated to supporting women who are confronted by gynaecological issues.

Freephone helpline: 0808 802 0019

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Target Ovarian Cancer 

Target Ovarian Cancer offers practical and emotional support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer

Talk to a nurse: 020 7923 5474

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BRCA Umbrella

BRCA Umbrella is a moderated internet group that offers access to a range of highly practical and supportive discussion forums covering issues faced by individuals affected by or at risk of having a BRCA mutation.

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BRCA Journey

BRCA Journey is a Leeds-based support network, aiming to promote awareness of BRCA in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, and supporting those who are at risk or diagnosed with a gene alteration.


phone: 07714204664

twitter: @BRCA_Journey

facebook: brcajourney

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline  is charity that provides help and information for people concerned about hereditary breast cancer or identified as having a breast cancer risk gene fault (such has BRCA).

It has a range of support forums including one for the Jewish community. The website includes personal stories, factsheets, and an on-line forum.

helpline: 01629 813 000

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Facing Our Risk Empowered (FORCE)

Facing Our Risk Empowered (FORCE) is a support network for anyone affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. Although, largely based in the USA, they have a private Facebook group so that those affected by hereditary cancers. 

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Facebook Support Groups

There are several Facebook groups through which individuals with a BRCA gene fault can access peer support. Please email if you would like to find out more about these 

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK, the largest cancer research organisation in the UK, are involved in the development of new anti-cancer drugs, funding research, producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. Their services include a website, leaflets, specialist cancer nurse helpline, and cancer chat forum.

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Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, who fund research into breast cancer and conduct campaigning activities.

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Ovarian Cancer Action

Ovarian Cancer Action is a UK charity that funds world-class scientific research into ovarian cancer leading to innovative treatment and progressive solutions. They provide useful information about BRCA via their BRCA hub. 

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The Royal Marsden-  Beginner’s Guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has produced a beginners guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2. To access the guide go to the link below.  Then select ‘patients and visitors’ on the top menu. Then select ‘patient information library’. You can search for the guide using the search option. The guide is available for download. 



Chana is a leading fertility support organisation for the Jewish community in the UK. They can provide support for couples exploring or undergoing fertility treatment to avoid passing on a genetic disorder

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Coppafeel is a breast cancer awareness charity targeting young people aged 18-24. They educate young people about breast awareness and self examination. 

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