Psychological care and counselling

Alongside the care you receive from doctors, nurses and other health professionals The Royal Marsden offers a dedicated and confidential psychological and emotional support service.

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
  • distress
  • family communication problems
  • 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 team experienced in helping adults and those close to them.

People have a range of needs and our service provides psychological support from cancer specialist nurse counsellors, a psychiatrist and psychologists.

Our psychological care and counselling 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.

We can also provide support if you are having difficulties with sexuality or intimacy. This may be a response to having an altered body image following cancer treatment, for example scarring following surgery, stomas or hair loss. If you need specialist support you can be referred to an appropriate service.

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