Adult Psychological Support Service

Alongside the care you receive from doctors, nurses and other health professionals, The Royal Marsden offers a dedicated and confidential psychological service which is supported by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

It is quite usual to experience stress, worry and concerns as a result of your diagnosis or treatment. Having cancer may lead people to experience one or more of the following:

  • anxiety
  • uncertainty about the future
  • anger
  • adjustment difficulties
  • family communication problems
  • relationship and sexual difficulties
  • changes in body image
  • depression
  • decision-making difficulties
  • challenges balancing illness and treatment alongside the demands of life.

Some people can find it helpful to discuss their feelings, needs and concerns in a confidential space with a clinician experienced in helping adults and those close to them.

People have a range of needs and our service provides the following types of psychological support: art therapy, counselling, psychiatry, psychology and psychosexual therapy. 

Our psychological support service offers:

  • individual sessions on a one-to-one basis
  • sessions for you together with a partner, relative or carer
  • telephone-based sessions if you are unable to attend
  • family sessions to support children where a parent has cancer.

You can be referred to the Adult Psychological Support Service by any member of your Royal Marsden health care team.  Alternatively, you can self-refer by contacting the department and asking for a self-referral form.  We are able to provide psychological support to people up to two years following their active cancer treatment.  Thereafter people may be able to access local psychological services via their GP or self-referral to IAPT Services

Chelsea – Psychological Care: 020 7808 2777
Sutton – Psychological Care: 020 8661 3006

Email the team here

Below are some information sheets with information linked to Covid19. Please e-mail us or call 020 8661 3006 if you have any feedback on our information sheets as we will review them in August 2020.  Thank you.

Coping with anxiety:

Download the information sheet for coping with anxiety

Talking to children:

Download the information sheet for talking to children

Inpatient information:

Download the information sheet for inpatient information

Your relationship:

Download the information sheet for your relationship

Coping with Self-isolation:

Download the information sheet for coping with self-isolation

Coping with low mood:

Download the information sheet for coping with low mood

Coping with sleep difficulties:

Download the information sheet for coping with sleep difficulties


Supported by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

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The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre.  It ensures Royal Marsden nurses, doctors and research teams can provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research, to creating the very best patient environments, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.