New to the UK with cancer

If you are new to the UK and living with cancer, we want to help you find the right support. If English is not your first language, we have resources available.

Cancer information and support if you are new to the UK

If you are new to the UK welcome from all of us at Macmillan Cancer Support.

If English is not your first language, we have resources to help.

Finding the information you need when you are living with cancer can be stressful. We want it to be easy for you to find what you are looking for so you can get help right away.

 

Talk to our cancer support line in your language

Our Macmillan Support Line is free to call and open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm. 

If you would like to talk to someone in a language other than English, we offer an interpreter service for our Macmillan Support Line.

Call free on 0808 808 00 00 and say, in English, the language you want to use. 

You can also send us a web chat message saying you would like an interpreter. Let us know the language you need and we’ll arrange for an interpreter to contact you.

Our cancer support specialists can:

  • help with any medical questions you have about cancer or your treatment
  • talk to you about money and benefits
  • be there to listen if you need someone to talk to
  • tell you about services that can help you in your area.

Read cancer information in your language

We have basic cancer information in 11 languages:

You can also search by language.

The topics covered in these 11 languages include:

  • Bowel cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer and coronavirus
  • Chemotherapy
  • Eating problems and cancer
  • End of life
  • Claiming benefits when you have cancer
  • Healthy eating
  • Help with costs when you have cancer
  • If you're diagnosed with cancer - A quick guide
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Side effects of cancer treatment
  • Surgery
  • Tiredness (fatigue) and cancer

If you would like us to translate our cancer information in a different language for you, email us at cancerinformationteam@macmillan.org.uk or call us on 0808 808 00 00.

Other formats

We also provide information in different formats, including:

  • print
  • audiobooks
  • Braille
  • British Sign Language
  • easy read booklets
  • eBooks
  • large print
  • translations.

Find out more about how to access cancer information in different formats.

 

Other ways we can help

All our cancer information is available online.

You can also find videos featuring stories from people affected by cancer and information from health and social care professionals.

Help with money worries

Having cancer can bring extra costs such as hospital parking, travel fares and higher heating bills. If you have been affected in this way, we can help.

  • Financial guidance

    Our financial guidance team can give you guidance on mortgages, pensions, insurance, estate planning, debt, borrowing and savings.

  • Help accessing benefits

    Our welfare rights and benefits advisers can offer advice and information on benefits, tax credits, grants and loans. They can help you work out what financial help you could be entitled to. They can also help you complete your forms and apply for benefits.

  • Macmillan Grants

    Macmillan Grants offer one-off payments to people with cancer. A grant can be for anything from heating bills or extra clothing to a much-needed break.

    Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00  to speak to a financial guide or benefits adviser, or to find out more about Macmillan Grants. We can also tell you about benefits advisers in your area.

    We have more information about benefits and financial support.

Help with work and cancer

Whether you are an employee, a carer, an employer or are self-employed, we can provide support and information to help you manage cancer at work.

Find out more about how we can help you with work.

Work support advisers

Our dedicated team of work support advisers can help you understand your rights at work. Call us on 0808 808 00 00 to speak to a work support adviser.

Raising Your Voice toolkit

If you have concerns about your care or how you’re being treated, the Raising Your Voice toolkit is here to help. It is here to help everyone get equal cancer care as an NHS patient. This toolkit was designed in London using the English healthcare system.

Worried you might have cancer?

Register for a GP (doctor) if you are new to the UK

Anyone can register with a GP surgery. It's free to register. Find out more about how to register with a GP in:

You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms

We have a booklet about seeing your doctor.