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Project information

Cancerkin’s Cancer Support Programme

A cancer diagnosis can have a huge impact on emotional and physical well-being. Cancerkin provides a wide range of complementary therapies and exercise groups to help people diagnosed with cancer feel calmer and more in control, facilitating return to normal life.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Cancerkin

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  • Need


    Each year, approximately 331,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Whilst medical treatment can target a patient’s cancer, it is often accompanied by painful and distressing physical and psychological side-effects. Patients and their families can be left feeling emotionally exhausted and very much alone. Furthermore, following a merger of 3 hospitals in 2014 our patient numbers have increased.


    Our Cancer Support Programme provides complementary therapies and exercise groups, completely free of charge. The therapies relax the mind and body, improve sleep quality and reduce stress and tension. Physical activity during and after cancer treatment can boost energy, alongside reducing the impact of side effects such as lymphoedema (swelling of the arm) , anxiety, depression and impaired mobility. The project simply aims to improve patient wellbeing during a very traumatic time.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the wellbeing of cancer patients and facilitate their return to normal life


    » • Run 1536 free one-to-one complementary therapy sessions, providing periods of relaxation and respite to over 300 newly diagnosed patients
    » • Run fitness and gentle group exercise classes, helping patients to recover physical function, manage fatigue and improve their quality of life.
    » • Run 48 guided relaxation sessions to help mitigate treatment side effects such as insomnia and pain, whilst reducing stress.
    » • Provide 10 counselling sessions a week to support patients and carers through their cancer journey.

    What success will look like

    Provide over 5500 episodes of care for patients and carers throughout the year. For 95% of patients monitored to have benefited (more relaxed, positive, better able to cope).

  • Impact


    The long term impact of our project will enable patients to cope with their illness more positively, helping them through change and ensuring they have something to look forward to.
    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the impact of our programme with patient questionnaires and oral feedback: at least 95% of patients surveyed should say they benefit from the project. Success will also be at least 400 new patients in 2018, continuing to reach those recently diagnosed.


    1. Insufficient patients. We have worked closely with all of the oncology departments throughout the Royal Free London NHS Foundation trust to extend our networks across all three hospital sites. As well as other hospitals across north London.
    2. Therapists resign or fall ill. We ensure there is a backup list of accredited therapists able to cover and ensure there is no break complementary therapy schedule.


    We will send in-depth six month reports to donors, as well as keeping them updated with our weekly e-newsletter, On the Pulse. Our website, twitter and facebook page will all be regularly updated with news from Cancerkin

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,699

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      Amount Heading Description
      £27,144 One-to-one therapist fees Holding 1680 one-to-one therapy session (each 45 - 60 minutes)
      £10,555 Group therapist fees Holding 285 group therapy sessions (each 1 - 2 hours)
      £4,000 Management Costs e.g. arranging appointments, liaising with therapists, producing leaflets
  • Background


    Cancerkin is based at the Royal Free Hospital in London NW3, which has an excellent reputation for cancer service, and draws patients from a wide catchment area. The combined population of the 3 boroughs served by the merger is 800,000, including some of the most deprived wards in England. It is a relatively young population and ethnically diverse (30% BME population). We also draw patients from other parts of London including Newham, Tower Hamlets and City & Hackney.


    Anyone affected by cancer and those close to them; everything we offer is free of charge and open to all. Currently most of our patients are women. A few men use our services however this number is steadily insreasing. We provide support to all age ranges (39% of patients are over 60, a few are in their early 20s) and a wide range of ethnicities. In 2016 we received 5512 visits to the Centre.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Founded in 1987, we have 27 years of experience helping those diagnosed with cancer. The Cancerkin Centre is attached to the Royal Free Hospital and situated only a few minutes’ walk from the Breast Department and the Hospital wards, enabling us to provide ‘on site’ a warm, welcoming, non-clinical atmosphere at a time when patients or their kin may be at their lowest. The project itself is tailored from detailed patient feedback to ensure it is of maximum benefit to patients.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Victoria Todd

    Since joining as CEO in 2008, she has doubled the opening hours of the Centre and is now qualified as a Psychotherapist (MSC) from Berkbeck University

    Reema Ved

    Reema has a Masters in Health Psychology (Distinction) and manages Cancerkin’s Support Programme whilst also providing emotional support to patients.


Buys a massage for a recently diagnosed patient