Health & Wellbeing

At Active Against Cancer we work closely with many other cancer support services in the Harrogate area, in particular with the wonderful team at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre (SROMC). Consequently, all Active Against Cancer participants are able to access a range of free health and wellbeing services offered through the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre including…


Macmillan Dietitian Service

Macmillan dietitians are able to provide advice on all aspects of diet and cancer. A balanced diet is essential for building muscle and maintaining a healthy body weight. Therefore having the right diet can really help support your body on your activity journey. The hospital’s Specialist Oncology Dietitian has devised a list of useful resources for patients who access the Active Against Cancer service which can be accessed here.

Speak to your Active Against Cancer Team member if you are concerned about your diet. Our team can refer you to the Macmillan Dietetic Service if required.

Clinical Psychology

The impact of a cancer diagnosis can affect your mental wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing. At Active Against Cancer we recognise this and are pleased to be able to work closely with Dr Rachel Phillips, clinical psychologist, at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. Find further information on clinical psychology services HERE.

Group based psychological wellbeing sessions are also available at Active Against Cancer. The MindFit sessions are led by Dr Rachel Phillips and aim to increase access to psychological wellbeing skills for patients and their families. To find out more and to book a place please call us on 01423 557924.

A referral from your Active Against Cancer team member is all that is required to access psychology support, so please talk to one of our team if you are interested.


Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies are provided by fully qualified complementary therapists at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre and we hope that in the future we will also be able to run these sessions from our treatment rooms at Active Against Cancer. Each session includes a full consultation with a therapist to ensure the most appropriate therapy for you. The treatments offered are:

The Bowen Technique

gentle pressure applied to precise points on the body

Daoyin Tao

a Chinese face, neck, scalp, and shoulder massage


gentle pressure applied to reflex points on the hands or feet


a gentle, supportive treatment channelling ‘Chi’ energy to restore wellbeing

Therapeutic massage

deep, relaxing touch therapy with oils.


the use of fine needles applied to points in the ear and on the body.


Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Service

Macmillan welfare and benefits advisers offer advice and information for both patients and carers. The service covers all aspects of financial support and can help you with:

  • Applying for and completing benefit forms
  • Finding local support agencies offering financial help
  • Accessing financial grants and other means of support
  • Appealing claims that have been declined
  • Maximising existing personal income
  • Reducing expenditure.
  • Signposting to other areas of advice and support e.g. work related issues, pension enquiries, debt advice and mortgage assistance.

The service offers free confidential appointments, contact them directly on

01423 557318 or email to find out more.

Hair Loss Support

Hair loss support is available to all patients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. Services available through the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre include:

  • Wig fitting – accessible by referral from your clinical nurse specialist or any health care professional involved in you care
  • A range of scarves and stylish headwear (SASH) – including turbans, sleep caps, hats and scarves are available to purchase