Overseas cancer organisations
This is a list of cancer organisations in countries outside the UK, provided by Cancer Research UK, and other organisations.
I haven’t contacted ALL of these organisations, so please check!
I use this list frequently –
- when I receive a press release about some research carried out in another country, I go through to relevant organisation and ask if they have any info.
- when a reader asks about something happening in another country; recently I probably saved one reader over £4,000 – he had had official-looking and reassuring correspondence with someone – who, thanks to contacts with cancer society in their country, turned out to be a complete charlatan.
- you can check with the relevant society if you want more information, and verify if it is accurate
Organisations very enormously in size, so if you ask for help take this into account. Smaller organisations might be a one-person office supervised by an unpaid volunteer, so don’t ask for a huge amount of information that could take a long time to answer.
Unsure of where to go? Start with http://icisg.org/ This is an international organsation of major cancer information services from around the world.
The Cancer Council Australia
Provides telephone, email and online information in English for people with cancer. website: www.cancer.org.au
Phone: (02) 8063 4100
Helpline: 13 11 20 (Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm – local rate)
The Barbados Cancer Society
Provides counselling to patients and their relatives, and has a hospice outreach program to support patients at their homes. Also provides information on early detection and prevention of cancer. Phone: (246) 436 8888 or 427 9005
Fondation Contre le Cancer (Foundation Against Cancer)
Provides support to people with cancer in French. Website: www.cancer.be
Phone: 0800 15 801 (Monday 9am – 7pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm)
The Canadian Cancer Society
Provides telephone, email and online information in French and English for people with cancer. Website: www.cancer.ca
Phone: 1 888 939 3333 or (416) 961 7223
The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society
Provides comprehensive online information in Chinese for cancer patients and their caregivers.
Phone: (852) 3921 3821
The Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society
Provides support and care for people with cancer at their homes. Information provided in Greek and English. The website includes local contact telephone numbers.
Liga Proti Rakovine Praha (League Against Cancer Prague)
Provides information to cancer patients in Czech.
Phone: 224 919 732 or 224 920 935
Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Danish Cancer Society)
Provides information for cancer patients in Danish.
Phone: 80 30 10 30
Eesti Vähiliit (Estonian Cancer Society)
Provides information and support for people with cancer. Information on their website is in Estonian, Russian and English.
Phone: 0 800 2233 (Mon-Fri, 10.00am-12.00; 6.00-8.00pm)
Syöpäjärjestöt Finnish Cancer Organisations / Cancer Society of Finland
Provides information and support for people with cancer in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Phone: 0800 19414 or (358) 9 135 331
Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre Le Cancer (FNCLCC)
(The National Federation of French Cancer Centres)
Provides online information for people with cancer in French.
Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer (National League Against Cancer)
Provides information for people with cancer in French.
Phone: 0810 111 101 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Cancer Support France
Provides support in English to people in France.
Phone: 05 45 893005 (10.00 to 12.30. They also have an answer phone and aim to return calls within 24 hours)
Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid)
Provides advice and information for people with cancer in German, including booklets that you can download from the website.
The Hellenic Cancer Society
Provides information and support for cancer patients. The information on their website is in Greek and English.
Open Telephone Line: (210) 64 01 200 (8.00am – 8.00pm, for cancer information)
Krabbameinsfélagið (The Icelandic Cancer Society)
Provides information and support to people with cancer. The information on their website is in Icelandic.
Phone: (354) 540 1900
Cancer Patients Aid Association
Provides information and support to people with cancer. Has branches in several cities; website has local contact details. Information on their website is in English.
The Indian Cancer Society
The society provides food, medicines, transport, prostheses and counselling to cancer patients. It has branches and affiliated groups in many towns and cities. Information on their website is in English.
Phone: 91-22-2202 9941 / 2202 9942
The Irish Cancer Society
Provides support and information in English to patients with cancer.
Helpline: 1 800 200 700 (Mon-Thurs 9.00am-7.00pm; Fri 9.00am-5.00pm)
Israel Cancer Association
Funds research and provides information and support to cancer patients. Information is provided in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Russian.
Phone: 1 800 599 995 or (972) 3 5721616
Associazione Italiana Malati di Cancro (AIMaC)
Provides information in Italian and support to cancer patients, their families and friends.
Phone: 840 503579 (free)
Jamaican Cancer Society
Provides information and support for people with cancer.
King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC)
A cancer treatment centre that also provides online information in English about common types of cancer. Most of the information on their website comes from links to the US National Cancer Institute website.
Hotline (free): 0800 22 66 2 (8am to 5pm, Saturday to Wednesday)
Lebanese Cancer Society
A professional and volunteer organisation that has a website in English. Cancer information on the website is provided via links to other organisations, mostly in English and French.
Phone: (961) 1 217342
Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) (National Cancer Council)
Provides support and information for people with cancer. They also have some cancer information in English on their website.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (60) 3 2162 9178
Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia (National Cancer Society of Malaysia)
Provides an email, telephone and drop-in service for people with cancer in Bahasa, Melayu, English, Chinese and Tamil. Also runs support groups, and offers medical services.
Phone: (60) 3 2698 7300
Cancer Association of Namibia
Provides information and support for people with cancer including care at home and financial advice. Also provides information through email and telephone. The information on their website is in English.
Phone: (264) 61 237 740 or (264) 61 237 741
Cancer Society Nepal
Provides information and support for people with cancer
Telephone: 977 016 22 5663
KWF Kankerbestrijding (The Dutch Cancer Society)
Provide online and telephone information in Dutch for people with cancer. There is also some information about the organisation in English on the website.
Phone: 0800 022 66 22
Cancer Society of New Zealand
Provides funding for research into the causes and treatment of cancer. They provide information in English and support for people with cancer and their families. They also have an online chat forum.
Phone: 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237)
Kreftforeningen (Norwegian Cancer Society)
Provide support and information for cancer patients in Norwegian.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Helpline: (47) 800 48 210 (Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 8pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 3pm)
Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro (The Portuguese Cancer League)
Provides information and support to people with cancer. All information in Portuguese.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 351 217 221 810 or 808 255 255
Liga Româna de Cancer (The Romanian Cancer League)
Provide online information about cancer in Romanian and English.
Phone: 40 21 314 69 33
Saudi Cancer Society
Provides information and support for people with cancer. Information on their website is in Arabic and English.
Phone: (966) 1 440 2006 or (966) 1 440 1771
Serbian Society for Fight against Cancer
Provides information about the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Phone: +381 11/2656-386
Singapore Cancer Society
Provides free public cancer screening services, financial assistance, rehabilitation, support and hospice home care for cancer patients. Information on the website is in English.
Telephone: 65 6221 0133
Liga Proti Rakovine (League Against Cancer in Slovakia)
Provides support and information in Slovakian.
Phone: 421 02/52 96 51 48 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm)
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
Provides support and information services in English for people with cancer.
Helpline (free) : 0800 22 66 22 (Mon-Fri 8.00am-4.30pm)
Spain Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC)
Provides online and telephone information in Spanish for people with cancer.
Phone: 900 100 036 (cancer information)
José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation
Provides information and support for leukaemia patients. The website is available in English and also in Spanish and Catalan.
Cancerfonden (The Swedish Cancer Society)
Provides information and support in Swedish.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 020 59 59 59 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm)
Krebsliga Schweiz (Swiss Cancer League)
Provides online and telephone information in German, French and Italian.
Phone: 0800 11 88 11 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm)
National Cancer Institute of Thailand
Provides information for people with cancer. The information on the website is in Thai.
American Cancer Society
Provides online, email and telephone information for people with cancer in English and Spanish. Website: www.cancer.org Help line: 1 800 227 2345
National Cancer Institute
Coordinates, conducts and supports cancer research. They also provide online, email and telephone information in English and Spanish.
Cancertreatment.net – a very friendly-looking website where you can link up with people with same interests. They have a large section of support links for Breast Cancer survivors. There are also details of interesting articles for cancer survivors. Website: http://www.cancertreatment.net
Phone: 1 800 4 CANCER (1 800 422 6237) Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Cancer Association of Zimbabwe
Provides information and support for people with cancer
Phone: 263 (0)4-705522 or 707444 or 707673
Other international cancer organisations
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is the world’s largest independent, non profit, non governmental association of cancer organisations. It is based in Switzerland. UICC brings together a wide range of organisations, including voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups. The website is in English.
Phone: (+41) 22 809 1811
Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)
ECL was created in 1980 and consists of 27 members. The objectives of the association are to improve communication and to foster collaborative activities between European cancer leagues and organisations that are members of the ECL. The website is in English.
Phone: (+32) 2 256 2000
Nordic Cancer Union
The Nordic Cancer Union is a collaboration of five countries to improve cancer control in Scandinavia. Members include Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Their website is in English.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +46 8 677 10 00 or +47 815 70 477