In alphabetical order, disregarding “the”.

About Face
About Face in Poole offers support at any stage to those with a head and neck cancer diagnosis, and to family members and carers. They are hoping to set up hubs in other parts of the county.
The About Face Centre, 111 Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2HP. 01202 677340,

A group set up by two Poole radiographers to provide support and information for women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Meetings with guest speakers but also telephone support in cooperation with health care professionals.
The group meets once a month at the Grove Hotel in Bournemouth. Please open up AfterGlow_A4 PDF for further information. Tel 01202 448174.

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support provide support for anyone affected by any cancer in the Axminster and Lyme area. Regular drop-in sessions with an opportunity for a friendly chat both in Axminster and Lyme. The group is able to support people with treatments to help with side effects such as anxiety as well as offer a selection of activities proven to help people living with and beyond cancer. Contact: Mary A. Kahn at or ring 07788547115

Bridport Breast Cancer Group
Meets 3rd Wed of each month 2-4pm at Bridport Community Hospital.
Contact Wendy Francis 01308 424435.

Butterflies is a cancer support group based in Dorchester. They hold weekly meetings on Wednesdays at the new Community Church Hall, Liscombe Street, Poundbury DT1 3DF (next to Damers Primary School), from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Contact Mel or Rosa on  01300 341900 / 07737 234056, email

Cupid is a social support group for people who have a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. Meetings are held on the third Saturday in January, April, July & October between 10 & 12 a.m. at the Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West St., Dorchester, DT1 1UP. The nearest public car park is at Top-o-Town, about 200 yards away.

C’SIDERS, Weymouth & Portland Cancer Group, meet on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month (excl Bank holidays) between 7.30pm-9pm, in the Function room of the Wyke Smugglers Pub, 76 Portland Road, Weymouth DT4 9AB.  Website:, e-mail:, Contact telephone no: 07430 695462. C’Siders support C’Fit, a cancer rehabilitation exercise scheme for Cancer Patients run at Osprey Leisure Centre on Portland, details of which can also be found on the above website.

The Ducks & Drakes Cancer Trust was founded to create awareness of bowel cancer in young people, aged 18 to 30 in Dorset and the UK and to support bowel cancer patients and their families.

Go Girls a local support group for women with gynaecological cancer. They meet in Dorchester on the first Friday of every month. Please ring 01305 255719 for further information.

New-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group is a local self-help group supporting men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families or partners. This group was founded in 2010 and is based in Weymouth with the majority of members coming from south and west Dorset. For further details visit their website.

In return, we would be more than happy to include a link to The Living Tree on our own website.

Pan Pals Dorset is a support group for people with pancreatic cancer. They offer a regular drop-in coffee morning at The Engine Room Cafe, Poundbury Gardens, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3RT, last Thursday of the month, starting at 11 am. Contacts: Audrey Saunders on 07909 146216 or e-mail using Alternatively, contact Lynda Pain on 01305 267185, her e-mail address is

Shining Light, Wincanton & district cancer support group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month 2 – 4 pm @ the Balsam Centre, Balsam Park, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 9HB. They operate a drop-in service for people affected by cancer to come for a chat and exchange information on services available. They offer peer support, talks by professionals and organise outings. Contact Laurence Lawrence 8.30 -5.00 on 01963 435700 Op 4 (any day except Thursday pm), or Sue Ford, chairperson .

The Purbeck Workshop is a creative arts and crafts activities-based support group for people affected by cancer in the Dorset area. The group is based in Wool.

The semicolons offer support, information and friendship to all Dorset based patients, carers and friends with experience of bowel cancer. The group is run by people who have experienced bowel cancer themselves.
Please contact Angela Cox & Julie Lane, Colorectal Specialist Nurse, Dorset County Hospital, William Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 1TS
Tel: 01305 253144, if you live in the Dorchester area.
For information on forthcoming events, please visit the website.

Secondary breast cancer, Dorset. Tracy Acock, Macmillan Metastatic Breast Cancer CNS (01202 448489) based in Poole, writes: New Support day/half days will be on first Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn Express Poole. They are open to anyone with secondary breast cancer across Dorset, the only requirement is to register with Breast Cancer Care to be able to attend.

South Dorset Prostate Cancer Support Group, St Andrews Church Hall, Preston, Weymouth.
Meets every other month, on the 2nd Wednesday of that month.
Contact Paul Nichols on 01308 458222 or per email:

West Dorset Breast Cancer Support Group provides support and information for women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. They have guest speakers at their meetings but also provide telephone support in cooperation with healthcare professionals.
They meet once a month. For further details, please click the link above. Locations: Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Blandford.

Wishing Well support group meets Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre every Thursday afternoon 2.30pm.

Yeovil Support Group – St Margaret’s Support Group meets on Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm at the Octagon Theatre.  The group supports anyone affected by cancer or a life-limiting illness – patients, their families, friends and carers. Professionally trained volunteers run the informal drop-in groups, providing an opportunity to talk to someone who understands the stress and anxiety that a life-limiting illness can bring. There is no need to book. For more information e-mail:  or call Lesley Burgess on 0845 070 8910.