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Established in 1983, the Centre is a registered charity that helps anyone who has been affected by cancer. This includes not just people who have cancer but also those who have a family member or friend with the disease as well as health care professionals.
The Centre's services can be used by anyone who can reach the Centre, which is less than 10 minutes' walk from Clapham Junction station in south London. We offer a warm and welcoming environment, in which each person is regarded as an individual with their own unique response to the changes brought about by a life-threatening illness.
Our services can help to:
The cancer support services provided include:
We welcome people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or religious belief. The Centre's premises are accessible by people with disabilities.
If you would like any more information, please contact us on 020 7924 3924 or e-mail us.
Our address is 20-22 York Road, London SW11 3QA.
Below is a video that will tell you more about the Centre.
The sessions have helped me recognise my scary thoughts and talk about them without the fear of the reality. When I first started the sessions, I could actually feel a pain in my chest, not knowing that my traumatic stress was causing all that.
By the third session it had gone. The techniques I learnt helped me to realise it was all fear. It was amazing that I felt so relieved and happy within. I am extremely grateful for all the work that I’ve received. Attending these sessions was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The word is not ‘helpful’, it’s ‘awesome’! The sessions have made my life a lot easier to deal with.
Relaxation and Visualisation Client
I was lucky to be offered surgery two days after my diagnosis [of colon cancer] was confirmed. It was the thought of the chemotherapy which really scared me – feeling sick all the time and losing my hair. In fact, none of that happened, I was just very tired.
It wasn’t until the chemo was over several months later that I had the energy to come to the Centre. The first thing I was offered was a course of healing. I’d never had healing before, but it felt very good and helped me to relax. I’ve also had Relaxation and Visualisation which was absolutely brilliant, massage with Clare which was amazing and I joined one of the yoga groups.
The main thing the Centre has done for me is to teach me how to relax. I feel stress played a big part in my becoming ill, so learning to relax has changed my outlook on life. And when money was tight, I didn’t have to pay a penny – everything was free.”
Comfort, Centre Client
Realistically, I will never be rid of the cancer, but if I can work and live a normal life, it gives me hope. When I found the Centre leaflet at the Whittington hospital, I thought it would be good to take all the help I could get.
The staff have given me so much support and encouragement. It has boosted my confidence. The worst thing about the diagnosis was having to tell my wife I had cancer, but the Centre has been able to support her too.”
Michael, Centre Client
I had emergency surgery for an obstructed colon while I was on holiday in South Africa where I come from and they found I had cancer. I came back to England for my chemotherapy and found out about the Centre from a leaflet in my GP’s surgery. The Centre has been my first and primary support throughout these last two years, along with my wonderful husband. Having cancer has had a positive side. It forced me to quit my stressful job and gave me space to get to know myself. But there have been many dark days when the Centre was my one safe place. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
Angie, Centre Client
It’s so important that this kind of place exists. It was a terrible shock when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, especially telling my daughter who was 17 at the time. I had a horrible time following surgery – I was sick and in pain and then when I started chemotherapy, I was very poorly and spent five days in hospital with a bad infection. In the middle of it all, my ex-husband who had been very supportive, died suddenly from a heart attack. Life was like a roller-coaster every day and my emotions were all over the place.
When I found the Centre, I felt so welcomed, so at home. It was very calming, as before I came, I couldn’t relax and I was stiff and anxious all the time. I had a course of massage and reflexology and I had counselling which I felt helped to release something in me. I have also met some lovely people who are in the same situation as me and it has been helpful to see how they are coping and to share information and ideas. When I found the cancer had come back in the other breast three years on, it was such a relief to come into the Centre and to feel so supported and so cared for.
It’s great knowing that the Centre is still there for me as I try to get my life back together.”
Maureen, Centre Client
Paul's Cancer Support Centre
20-22 York Road, London SW11 3QA
Tel: 020 7924 3924
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