Useful Links

Changing Faces
The Squire Centre, 33-37 University Street, London, WC1E 6JN
Phone: 0845 4500 275

Provides written information and telephone support to anyone who has any kind of facial disfigurement.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation
Mouth Cancer Foundation UK is a charity with a web site that aims to help patients and dentists find free information on mouth, oral, throat and other head and neck cancers.

Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation
St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE
Phone: 020-7601 7582
If you would like to talk to someone who has been in a similar situation, Saving Faces can put you in touch with others who have had facial surgery.

Support organisations

The British Association of Skin Camouflage
The British Association of Skin Camouflage have detailed information about camouflage make for people who need help to cover up scars and disfigurements after head and neck cancer surgery. They promote, support and further the remedial techniques of skin camouflage. It runs training courses for camouflage cosmeticians who offer consultations to individuals suffering from facial blemishes or disfigurements.

Macmillan Cancer Support
Head Office, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ

Nurse Information Helpline: 0808 800 1234
Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 2020
(Mon to Fri, 9am to 9pm; information available in other languages)
Benefits helpline (for enquiries about money matters): 0800 500 800 
(Mon to Fri, 10 AM to 5 PM)

Textphone: 0808 808 0121

Macmillan Cancer Support provides care and support for people with cancer at every stage of their illness through Macmillan nurses, Macmillan doctors, and a programme of financial help for patients in need. It offers information, advice and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. It has publications about the main types of cancer, treatments and ways of living with cancer. There is also a freephone telephone and letter information service, provided by a team of specialist cancer nurses, on all aspects of cancer and treatment. Their benefits advice line offers advice on financial matters generally.

Support after a laryngectomy

Cancer Laryngectomee Trust
PO Box 618, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8WX

Phone: 01422 205522

The Cancer Laryngectomee Trust provides assistance for people who have had a laryngectomy because of cancer, and their carers. Also produces a newsletter.

International Association of Laryngectomees 
International Association of Laryngectomies is an information site and social forum for people who have had a laryngectomy.  There is information on problems during and after treatment and on the different ways of speaking after laryngectomy.

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs
Lower Ground Floor, 152 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9TR
Phone: 020 7730 8585 (helpline 9 am to 4 pm with a 24 hour answer phone)
Fax: 020 7730 8584

Aims to promote the welfare of people who have had a laryngectomy, and their families. Produces a video and a range of booklets, including a handbook for people who have had a laryngectomy. Supports 96 local clubs and can arrange hospital visits before and after your operation.

Plymouth Laryngectomy Club (PLC)
Phone: 01752 563800
Website: Facebook Page

The Plymouth Laryngectomy Club aims to offer support and care to the laryngectomees and their families in Plymouth.  

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
2 White Hart Yard, London, SE1 1NX
Phone: 020 7378 1200

This is the professional body for speech therapists in the UK. It can advise on speech therapy services and provide other information of use to people who have had a laryngectomy.

Help with cutting down on alcohol

Alcohol is one of the main contributors to mouth and oesophageal cancers. There are many organizations to help you decrease or stop drinking alcohol.

Cancer Research UK 
The News and Resources website offers information about alcohol and how it relates to cancer (click here).

NHS Concern
The NHS offers information and support if you are concerned about your alcohol intake or are affected by someone who may need help.
Website: NHS Choices

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0845 769 7555

Down Your Drink
Down Your Drink offers a simple test to see if you are drinking too much alcohol (click here).

For help with stopping smoking

Stopping smoking is a great challenge. The organizations listed below can help.

  • Cancer Research UK has information on quitting smoking
  • Smokefree (NHS information, advice and support to help you give up smoking)
  • ASH (UK portal for tobacco policy)

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