Websites for cancer information

If you or a loved one has just received a cancer diagnosis, it may feel difficult to cope.

As well as dealing with the emotional turbulence of cancer, it’s tough to keep on top of the mountains of information and medical terms being thrown your way.

 Here’s our round-up of the best sites for cancer information on the web.

General cancer information and support online


For general cancer information, Macmillan should be your first port of call. Macmillan’s website has a dedicated section for cancer information, including its causes and risk factors, details of test and screenings, treatments and how to live with cancer. If you’ve never encountered cancer before, this website is ideal as it starts with the most basic question: what is cancer? If you don’t have cancer but you have a friend or relative that does, Macmillan has advice for you too and there’s even a specialist section for young adults and teenagers.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is another excellent source of advice and information. Here, details are divided into four main sections: cancers in general, specific cancer types, coping with cancer, and trials and research. So whatever cancer information you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it here. Cancer Research UK also runs a wide variety of fundraising events across the country – including the now well-known Race for Life – and you can get involved through their website too.


Elsewhere, Bupa provides a wide variety of handy cancer information online. In addition to factual details about different types of cancers, there are also essential tips on cancer awareness, how to live after treatment and how to talk to children about cancer. Most importantly, Bupa also hosts first-hand stories from people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Hearing about other people’s journeys can be remarkably reassuring and supportive, so these websites could be particularly useful for dealing with the emotions caused by a cancer diagnosis.

Information about specific cancers

The websites mentioned above have a wide range of general information on cancer. But if you’re looking for details on particular types of cancer, there’s much more available too. The NHS cancer A-Z, for instance, includes links to information on many cancers, from common types like breast cancer to lesser-known variants such as oesophageal cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer.

For people affected by breast cancer, Breast Cancer Care’s website could be an important source of support and factual details. Prostate Cancer UK also has all you need to know about this type of cancer, which is the most common in men in the UK. And for more information on bowel cancer, has a number of essential booklets and fact sheets, as well as fundraising and volunteering opportunities.

All content on is provided for general information only, and should not be treated at all as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. will not be responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content on and we are also not liable for the content of any external websites or links from or to Silversurfers to any other websites. Please always consult your own doctor if you’re in any way concerned about any aspect of your health.

The following two tabs change content below.

Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Assistant Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
12th Feb 2019
Thanks for voting!
Why can't I access Maggie's online .does it need another password,as mine is not acceptable
23rd Feb 2018
Thanks for voting!
Hi Rachel,

I had bowel cancer which resulted in a colostomy so found the Colostomy Association the best source of help and advice.

Also, my two daughter and my wife had cancer and I directed them to a great source of independent (not drug supported charities) charity that provided a wide range of alternative information. It is Canceractive.
4th Feb 2018
Thanks for voting!
Please don’t forget the rarer cancers the big cancer charities forget about them sometimes. I have ocular melanoma ( eye) which is uncommon but the impact is just the same.
Thank you to OcuMel Uk I now have a better understanding of this disease this tiny charity helps those with the more unusual cancers.
6th Apr 2014
Thanks for voting!
My daughter's mother in law has just been told she as six months to live how can I help them to come to terms with this as I can't get my head around this either ?
6th Apr 2014
Thanks for voting!
So sorry to hear this Tricia ... the Macmillan website is extremely useful, and they will be able to offer you some help and support .. visit it here: With very best wishes

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!