Making decisions about treatment

Talk to our nurses

There are a number of things to consider when you are making a decision about treatment. It is good to think about the possible benefits and drawbacks of treatment so you can make the right decision for you.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the information you have been given and need to talk to someone about it, there are many different ways you can talk to us about it.

You can contact a Cancer Information Nurse Specialist by:

  • Calling the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
  • Chatting online with a specialist using our webchat.
  • Emailing the Macmillan Support Line.
  • Asking a nurse any questions you may have on our Online Community. 

We can also help if you:

  • Would prefer to speak to us in another language
  • Are calling from outside the UK
  • Are deaf or hard of hearing

You can find the Macmillan Support Line opening hours here

Talk to our work support team

If you are worried about how treatment may affect other areas of your life, such as your job or financial situation, our work support team can offer advice to people who are employed or self-employed.

You can contact our Work Support Service by:

Connect with others in our Online Community

If you would like to chat online with people going through a similar experience, you can join our Online Community.

Health professionals, trained volunteers and Macmillan staff in the Online Community can give you advice and tips to help you.

You can also:

Services you may find helpful

Boots Macmillan information pharmacists

If you have a Boots pharmacist nearby that you are able to access, you may not need to wait until your next hospital appointment to speak with a cancer specialist.

A Boots Macmillan information pharmacist can guide you through your treatment options to help you with making a decision. However, your doctor is still the best person to advise on your treatment decisions as they know your health records and specific situation.

There are over 2,200 Boots Macmillan information pharmacists in Boots stores around the UK. They are pharmacists who have been specially trained to:

  • understand the different types of cancer and treatment
  • answer your questions about medication
  • listen to your concerns and provide emotional support
  • guide you to other sources of information and support
  • connect you to Macmillan services in your local area.

You can find out more about this here.

Macmillan information and support centres

You may find it helpful to visit one of our support centres. Our team of experts are there to listen to you, give advice and answer any questions you may have about cancer.

Macmillan information and support centres are located across the UK. They are free to use and you do not need to book an appointment to visit.

Information and resources

Booklets about types of treatment

We also have cancer information booklets about the types of treatment you may have.

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