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Cancer Care Centre

The Cancer Care Centre opened in 1998 with funds raised from an appeal by York Against Cancer and the York Press.

The centre provides information, support, complementary therapies and guidance for patients with cancer and their families.

The centre is located within The York Hospital and be accessed at Junction 5 from inside the hospital. The main entrance to the centre is opposite the new multistorey car park and is in between the Children's Centre and Magnolia Centre.

Claire and Michelle are the cancer care administrators and they will be there to welcome you to the centre and help in any way they can.

Meet the team

  • Michelle Kirkman (cancer care administrator)

  • Jane Archer (cancer care centre manager)

  • Claire Thompson (cancer care administrator)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm.

What does The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital offer?

Information Service

We offer a wide range of up-to-date information resources covering most aspects of dealing with a diagnosis and living with and beyond cancer. Drop in to browse the information room or call us if there is something you would like us to send you or your family.

Complementary Therapies

Our qualified, experienced therapists offer aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, indian head massage and reiki sessions for patients. To find out more call us or contact your Clinical Specialist Nurse or Consultant.

The Cancer Psychology Service

The cancer psychology team offer psychological and emotional support for patients and families. Ask for further information or talk to a member of your healthcare team for a referral to the psychology team.

Benefits Advice and Welfare Support

An experienced benefits advisor from the City of York Council joins us for two weekly sessions to allow you to discuss your individual welfare support needs. Call us or drop in to make an appointment. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.

Hair Loss Support

The centre provides hair-loss support for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. We offer an extensive range of hats and scarves to suit most tastes. Centre staff are happy to help you choose a style that is easy and comfortable to wear in a style and colour that suits you. No appointment is necessary to choose headwear.

We are now able to offer wig fitting and wig trimming* too, but you must make an appointment for that. Call us to book an appointment for wig services.

*this is for patients currently undergoing cancer treatments

Local Support Groups

The centre is host to a number of local support groups. They may help you and your family cope with an initial cancer diagnosis and treatment. They may also be a source of support throughout your personal journey. Contact us for details of forthcoming meetings. We also hold details of national support groups, self-help groups and helplines.

‘Look Good….Feel Better’ Pamper Therapy

Attending a ‘Look Good…Feel Better’ session can help female cancer patients in a practical and positive way. We host the skincare and make-up workshops to help combat the visible side-effects of cancer treatment which, in turn, may boost your confidence. To book a place call or drop-in to the centre. Visit to find out more.

Creative Corner

Take your mind off everything by immersing yourself for a little while in some creativity with our resident artist. There's something for everyone and creativity really does help you to switch off. You may discover a hidden talent or just enjoy a little time doing something completely different. Check with the centre staff for session times.

Useful links

Living well with cancer DVD

York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has produced a series of short films to support those living with, and beyond, a cancer diagnosis.

The films cover fear of recurrence, coping with worry, fatigue, diet, relationship concerns and how to pick the right level of physical activity and plan for the future.

Click here to view the films.

Relaxation audio

Click here to access our specially produced relaxation CD


You can access the main Macmillan website here.

For regional Macmillan information click here.

For Macmillan resources to make your own posters etc, for information on the Macmillan brand and logo and access to other material please follow this link.

York Against Cancer

For more information about York Against Cancer please click here.

Yorkshire Cancer Network

Click here to access the Yorkshire Cancer Network.

York Carers Forum

Click here to access the York Carers Forum website.

Opening hours

9.00 - 4.30


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If you are unwell with vomiting, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms, or you have been in contact with someone with these symptoms, we would ask you not to visit friends and relatives in hospital until you are free of symptoms for 48 hours.