Cancer Patient Support - One step at a time

What is One Step at a time?


One Step at a Time started as a series of helpful and informative videos and literature advising on the cancer journey from the patient and carers viewpoint. 

It's the work of a team of individuals from the west Essex CCG and Princess Alexandra Hospital, passionate about supporting the cancer journey.  

Formed in 2020, just before COVID hit, One Step at a Time has now grown beyond it's original goal of being a cancer information service and in September 2021 we held our first cancer conference in Harlow.  Attended by over 100 participants, who were either cancer patients, loved ones of patients or those working in the field of cancer.  Following the event, participants were given an opportunity to provide their comments on the event and address anything relating to cancer that was important to them.   This feedback has been developed into an action plan that will help shape the future of the cancer journey in west Essex.  Cancer action plan - full report.


Receiving a cancer diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating – and knowing where to turn in the wake of it can be overwhelming. Created by a patient with first hand experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and treatment, this video presents a candid and heart felt view of how it felt to be diagnosed, and the importance of taking one step at a time.


Now also available in 5 languages -UrduPunjabiRomanianPolish Italian.

Caring for someone with cancer

Those caring for a loved one with cancer can be an overwhelming experience, but there is support for you also.


If you are or anyone you know is living with a cancer diagnosis, we'd urge you to view this video.​  We hope it provides a practical and realistic approach to cancer from a loved ones viewpoint.

Complete video menu

One Step at a Time have recorded a series of useful videos to help those on their own cancer journey:

Finding Local Support

If you need further help or support, please visit our cancer support directory. 


West Essex works with a broad range of organisations offering  anything from practical advice, to wellbeing, patient engagement to physical activities.

Whatever you need help with, we are always here to support you.

Macmillan Information Service
Call 01279 698 673 
(for physical, financial and emotional support)