Cancer and Nutrition Helpline

Cancer and Nutrition Helpline logoWe’re delighted to announce the launch of our new helpline service, which aims to provide nutritional information and support to people living with cancer.

> How and when to get in touch
> Free posters and business cards

Both living with cancer and going through treatment can make food seem less appealing. Many people even lose their appetite altogether and experience side effects that can have a significant impact on their quality of life and ability to enjoy their food.

Our expert dietitians are here to help tackle issues such as:

  • Taste changes and appetite loss
  • Nausea and constipation
  • Weight loss, and how to maintain a healthy weight during treatment
  • The current evidence regarding nutrition and cancer, including myth-busting stories from the press and social media
  • Interactions between food and medications
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and making food as appealing as possible
  • Accessing further evidence-based information

Opening times

Our helpline is available on:

Tuesdays: 12pm–2pm

Thursdays: 6pm–8pm

Call: 0300 102 2523 / Email:

FREE from all mobile phones and landlines


At World Cancer Research Fund, we believe everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer should be able to access up-to-date and reliable information about the role of nutrition from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond.

That’s why we’ve launched our helpline, staffed by oncology specialist dietitians, to provide this vital service.

Spread the word about our new helpline!

Download and print our free posters and business cards to help us reach people living with cancer.

Show your support and donate

We’re aiming to reach over 1,100 patients within 12 months of using the helpline, so please consider donating today and help people with cancer get the vital support they need.

Our helpline isn’t designed to replace any information already provided by your own healthcare professionals. With access to your medical notes and full history, both your GP and specialist cancer team are best placed to help you with any questions that need to be tailored carefully to your own condition.

We don’t keep any detailed health records of the calls and emails we receive. All personal data is processed in line with our privacy notice.

The first year of our helpline has been made possible by financial grants from Gilead Sciences Ltd, Bristol Myers Squibb Ltd, Servier Laboratories Limited, The Basil Samuel Charitable Trust and The Souter Charitable Trust. We’re incredibly grateful to them for helping us to reach some of the 385,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK to get the vital nutrients needed to support their treatment and recovery journey.

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