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five small charities fighting cancer

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime, so it's no wonder that there are so many charities dedicated to fighting it. Here are five small charities that you can make a big difference too.

Five Small Charities Fighting Cancer is a feature from Issue 8 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

1. Solving Kids' Cancer

This charity is focused on neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that affects around 100 children in the UK each year, over 90% are under five years old. Treatment for neuroblastoma is incredibly gruelling – including chemotherapy – and even those who go into remission face severe and lifelong health problems due to its toxic nature. Solving Kids’ Cancer funds family support, clinical research to find effective and less toxic treatment options, access to treatment even if its not available on the NHS, and campaigning to raise awareness.

charitable.travel/solving-kids-cancer/

2. Hope Against Cancer

Established in 2003, this Leicestershire and Rutland-based cancer research charity aimed to bring cutting-edge research to the area and make clinical trials available to local people. Since then it has raised more than £6 million and funded over 60 research projects tackling many forms of cancer. The charity continues to offer new medicines and therapies at its clinical trial unit at Leicester Infirmary and help train the next generation of cancer researchers by funding postgraduates and cancer clinicians pursuing a career in cancer research – an area for which funding is being cut.

charitable.travel/hope-against-cancer/

3. Together Against Cancer

This charity offers advice to prevent cancer and support for people who have had a diagnosis. It gives counselling to cancer patients who have suffered from aggressive treatments or are experiencing end of life care, plus support for carers and educational workshops and complementary therapies ranging from reiki to tai chi. It also supports those who have experienced financial hardship because of a cancer diagnosis, which is four out of five people.

charitable.travel/together-against-cancer

4. The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

Supporting adults affected by cancer, this Enfield-based charity works alongside local health facilities to ensure that cancer patients and their family and friends receive emotional, psychological and practical support. The charity offers counselling, group meetings, complementary therapies like mindfulness and practical support like home visits and educational groups led by nurse specialists. it supports around 600 clients a year.

charitable.travel/the-nightingale/

5. UCARE

Urology Cancer Research and Education (UCARE) is an Oxford-based charity founded by doctors and patients who were alarmed by how under-funded research into urological cancers (those of the kidney, bladder, prostate, and testes) were, despite the fact that they represent 20% of all newly-diagnosed cancer. The charity supports research into into the causes, prevention, and treatment of these cancers.

charitable.travel/ucare/

FIVE Small charities fighting cancer

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime, so it's no wonder that there are so many charities dedicated to fighting it. Here are five small charities that you can make a big difference to.

Five Small Charities Fighting Cancer is a feature from Issue 8 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

1. Solving Kids' Cancer

This charity is focused on neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that affects around 100 children in the UK each year, over 90% are under five years old. Treatment for neuroblastoma is incredibly gruelling – including chemotherapy – and even those who go into remission face severe and lifelong health problems due to its toxic nature. Solving Kids’ Cancer funds family support, clinical research to find effective and less toxic treatment options, access to treatment even if its not available on the NHS, and campaigning to raise awareness.

charitable.travel/solving-kids-cancer/

2. Hope Against Cancer

Established in 2003, this Leicestershire and Rutland-based cancer research charity aimed to bring cutting-edge research to the area and make clinical trials available to local people. Since then it has raised more than £6 million and funded over 60 research projects tackling many forms of cancer. The charity continues to offer new medicines and therapies at its clinical trial unit at Leicester Infirmary and help train the next generation of cancer researchers by funding postgraduates and cancer clinicians pursuing a career in cancer research – an area for which funding is being cut.

charitable.travel/hope-against-cancer/

3. Together Against Cancer

This charity offers advice to prevent cancer and support for people who have had a diagnosis. It gives counselling to cancer patients who have suffered from aggressive treatments or are experiencing end of life care, plus support for carers and educational workshops and complementary therapies ranging from reiki to tai chi. It also supports those who have experienced financial hardship because of a cancer diagnosis, which is four out of five people.

charitable.travel/together-against-cancer

4. The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

Supporting adults affected by cancer, this Enfield-based charity works alongside local health facilities to ensure that cancer patients and their family and friends receive emotional, psychological and practical support. The charity offers counselling, group meetings, complementary therapies like mindfulness and practical support like home visits and educational groups led by nurse specialists. it supports around 600 clients a year.

charitable.travel/the-nightingale/

5. UCARE

Urology Cancer Research and Education (UCARE) is an Oxford-based charity founded by doctors and patients who were alarmed by how under-funded research into urological cancers (those of the kidney, bladder, prostate, and testes) were, despite the fact that they represent 20% f all newly-diagnosed cancer. The charity supports research into into the causes, prevention, and treatment of these cancers.

charitable.travel/ucare/