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Cancer and fertility

Cancer, and some cancer treatments, can affect your reproductive health. It could be worth considering ways of preserving your fertility before starting your treatment. When you're told you have cancer, your ability to have children (your fertility) may be the furthest thing from your mind.…

Cancer and hair loss

Some cancer treatments can make your hair fall out, but wigs, cold caps and other products are available to help you cope. Hair loss from cancer treatment can affect people in different ways. Some treatments cause only partial hair loss or thinning, while others cause people to lose hair from…

Cancer and social care

If you have cancer, your first priority is medical care. But there are people who can help with other aspects of life, such as where to get help with money and benefits. The first person to speak to about social care is your doctor or nurse. They'll be able…

Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…

Cannabis: the facts

Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person: you may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy some people get the giggles or become more talkative hunger…

Care services in your home

If you need help around the home, a good option is to have a care worker come in to your home to help you. Types of homecare Homecare comes in many forms and has many names used to describe it, including home help, care attendants and "carers" (not…

Carers' breaks and respite care

Your carer's assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement care and respite care Replacement…

Caring for an alcoholic

If you're a carer for a problem drinker, finding help can be a frustrating experience. People who care for problem drinkers sometimes have to struggle to get the recognition and support they're entitled to. "They have not always been perceived as 'legitimate' carers," says Drew Lindon…

Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Caring for older relatives

Looking after an older disabled relative can have practical, financial and emotional challenges. But help and support is available. The Carers Trust answers some of your common questions on where to find practical and emotional support. I've just started to care for an older relative. What help…