Cancer information: some basic things to know

While you are receiving treatment at the Royal Free London, you should have a named contact or specialist cancer nurse (CNS). If you don’t know who they are please ask your clinical team who will explain your cancer and its treatment plan to you. You can contact any of our Macmillan cancer information and support centres for further information or visit the following websites:

As part of your personalised cancer care, you will be offered a holistic needs assessment (HNA) with a member of your clinical team. An HNA is a discussion about any concerns that you may have and allows you to highlight what matters to you. You will also create your personalised plan of care during this time. Please speak to your nurse or Macmillan support worker if you have any concerns about this.

Most cancer types have an associated patient support organisation or charity. To find out more about these, ask your Macmillan cancer information and support centre for more information about applying.

Once you have received a cancer diagnosis you can get free prescriptions. Ask your GP, clinical team or Macmillan information centre about applying.

If you have already received or are undergoing tests to confirm a cancer diagnosis, you may be eligible for concessionary parking at our hospitals.  

Exercise can help to improve your health and wellbeing before cancer treatment or allow you to recover more easily afterwards. Move 4 You is a free, 12-session exercise programme, provided by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. If you are over the age of 18, have had cancer within the past five years and live or are treated in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey or Islington, you may wish to join. This is an individually tailored programme to help you move more during and after cancer treatment regardless of your abilities. They also host informal coffee mornings for peer support and encouragement. Speak to your specialist cancer nurse if you are interested in being referred.