Cancer Patient Support - One step at a time



A cancer diagnosis can be devastating – and knowing where to turn in the wake of it can be overwhelming.


The One Step at a Time campaign, is seeking to ease that burden for patients and professionals.

It's the work of teams here at the west Essex CCG and Princess Alexandra Hospital, and has been created by a patient with first hand experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  It presents a candid and heart felt view of how it felt to be diagnosed, and the importance of taking one step at a time.



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.

We are also creating additional content to look at what it's been like having cancer during COVID-19, as well as seeing cancer from a carer's point of view.  We'll feature these in future spotlights.

Now available in 5 languages -UrduPunjabiRomanianPolish Italian.

One Step At A Time is a first hand account from a patient living with cancer.


First Steps


Being diagnosed with cancer is a real has no respect for age, gender or ethnicity.


You are now a member of a club that you didn’t want to be part of.


Breaking the news to loved ones can be very hard.

It’s ok not to be ok


Always remember it is ok not to be ok.


You won’t feel ‘brave’ or ‘positive’ every day…. be kind to yourself.

Dig deep as its going to be a bumpy ride.


Just keep one foot in front of the other.


Help and support


There is so much help and support available.


You might find that in family, friends or support groups and online.


Delegate – get people to provide practical help.


Your nurse and consultant are key to providing the right advice at the right time…. too much information can be overwhelming.


Thoughts for the Day

Whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.


With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Rossevelt


Love those who will love you when you have nothing to offer buy your company.


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)