Wessex Bladder Cancer Support

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Wessex Bladder Cancer Support is the home of Bladder Cancer Support groups in the Wessex area. On this site you will find help and advice about your diagnosis, the treatments and living with the disease. There are also pages devoted to each support group with details of their meetings, venues and times and forthcoming events.


Bladder Cancer is one of the most common cancers of the 20 main types of cancer diagnosed each year in the UK.



It is the 5th most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK



Sadly, diagnosis can often be late, particularly in women.



Over 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed each year & 500,000 worldwide.



It has the highest recurrence rate of any known cancer - up to 80%



The most common early symptoms are blood in the urine, frequency of going to the loo and pain whilst peeing.



Bladder Cancer can be fatal if not treated.



If diagnosed early, it is eminently treatable, and the 5 and 10 year survival rates can be very high



If you have any early symptoms - DONT wait - go and see your GP. It could be the most important appointment you ever make and could save your life.



                               CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  -  2021


All support groups have suspended meetings during the Lockdown and until further notice. Each group is still providing one to one support through peer support online and virtual groups. There are designated members of each group available to talk via email or mobile with any new patient wanting advice or just a friendly voice at the end of the line. If you don't know the contact details of the local group and they are not available on their web page, then do contact the Urology CNS who will point you in the right direction, or send an email to: [email protected] and we will connect you to a local contact






There will be a Zoom meetings for anyone interested:

Details are:


Monday 24th May - 'Stoma Care'

Monday 26th July - 'Summer Trivia'

Monday 27th September - 'Wills, Probate & EPA's'

Monday 29th November  - 'Christmas Trivia'


Each Meeting will start at 7.00pm and will last for 1 hour


If you wish to join any meeting please request an invite by sending an email to:

[email protected]


Further details on Plans for 2022 will be published in November



STAY SAFE, and remember the Goverment advice!!



Please note that further information on Zoom Meetings will now also be available from  Action Bladder Cancer UK web site as follows:




This web site has been designed and written by Bladder Cancer patients, their partners/carers and the clinicians treating them. It is intended to be an aid to patients to give them a greater understanding of their disease, and to give them support. Any information given in this site is the opinion of its author and NOT the medical profession at large. It is important to remember we, as patients can give support but it is the Doctors who give the medical diagnosis, treatment, treatment advice and prognosis.

                      The hosting of this web site is sponsored by Action BladderCancerUK.org

New Group News


A new group is starting at Salisbury in Wiltshire. Date of first meeting at Salisbury District Hospital to be announced

See Support Groups Page and follow the links for details.


Another new group is being planned in Bournemouth & Poole to be based at

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Details and 1st meeting plans will be available soon




Look out at your local hospital for any special events displays being sponsored by the local Bladder Cancer Support group






Site Updated: 29th march 2021