Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Tumour specific groups and organisations

These groups and organisations may be able to offer help and advice about specific forms of cancer.

Support groups

Bladder Cancer

No local support group. Contact ABC (Action on Bladder Cancer)

Bowel/Colorectal Cancer

Meets twice yearly always on Wednesday 4.00pm – 6.00pm usually in May and October at:

  • Sir James Spence Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary.
  • Contact the Colorectal Nurse Specialists: RVI – Allison Sharpe & Deborah Hall 0191 2824116 or Freeman – Ruth Christer, Clare Bird & Amanda Logan 0191 2137665

Colostomy Association

Meets every two months on Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00noon at:

  • Bewick Seminar Room, Leazes Wing, RVI, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Call for next meeting dates: Gordon Weatherburn (volunteer) on tel: 0191 234 1109
  • Email:

Molineaux Centre Group

Meets weekly on Fridays 10.00am – 12.00noon (drop-in) at:

  • NHS Molineaux Centre, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Contact Stoma Care Nurses on tel: 0191 219 5656 or Gordon Weatherburn (volunteer) on tel: 0191 234 1109
  • Email -

Breast Cancer

Breast Reconstruction (following treatment for breast cancer)

Meets monthly (Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.00pm towards the end of each month) at:

  • Meetings mostly held in Seminar Room 1, Sir James Spence Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Attendance is by appointment only.
  • Contact: The Breast Reconstruction Nurse Specialists on tel: – 0191 282 0194

Breast Cancer Support Groups

Meets on the first Monday of each month 7.00pm – 9.00pm at:

  • North Tyneside General Hospital (Education Centre). In the event of Bank Holidays, meetings take place on second Monday.
  • Tel: 0844 811 8111 ext 2664

Blyth Community Hospital (Dining Room)

Meets on the second Monday each month 6.00pm – 9.00pm at:

  • Tel: 0844 811 8111 ext 3319 or local number: 01670 529319

Breast Cancer Care

Offers practical advice and information

Secondary Breast Cancer

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month 10.30am – 12.30 at:

  • (Seminar Room 1, Level 4 Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital)

Community drop in sessions first Thursday each month 10.00am – 12.00noon at:

  • New Northumbria Hotel, Osborne Road, Jesmond

Contact: Karen Verrill on tel: 0191 213 9201

Cervical Cancer

Jo’s Trust

A charity providing information and support to women with pre-malignant and malignant disease of the cervix.

NE Support Group:


Childrens Cancer

CLIC Sargent (for children with cancer)

Children with Cancer UK

Childrens Cancer & Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

Head & Neck Cancer

Let’s Face It (local group as part of national organisation)

Meets every third Wednesday each month at 2.00pm at:

  • British Legion Club, West Jesmond
  • Contact:Amanda Dear, Head and Neck Nurse Specialist, Room 217, ENT Outpatients, Freeman Hospital
  • Tel: 0191 244 8560


Newcastle Myeloma Support Group

Meets every two months normally on Wednesdays 4.00pm – 6.00pm (times & venues may vary)

  • Contact (for confirmation of meeting dates & times): Catherine Cox or Susan Robson, Leukaemia/Myeloma Specialist Nurses, tel: 0191 213 9285
  • Email –

Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Support Group (North East)

Meets at North Tyneside General Hospital on the second Wednesday each month.

Prostate Cancer Support (PCS)

Meets at a number of different venues, please call to find the nearest venue and next meeting date.


Open to sarcoma patients and relatives/carers. Meets first Monday each month 7.00pm – 9.30pm at:

Skin Cancer

Gorlin Syndrome (a rare condition where sufferers develop a large number of skin cancers).

Meets four times per year at:

  • The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
  • Contact: Sharon Ward, Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist 
  • Tel: 0191 282 4110
  • Email:

Attendees are requested to contact Sharon before attending.

Thyroid Cancer

Multiple Endocrine Disorders (Medullary Thyroid Cancer)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Disorders)

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