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Welcome to BT Buddies

Founded in March 2009 Brain Tumour Buddies is a national charity committed to providing information and support to anyone affected by a high grade brain tumour in the UK.

Our website provides in-depth, accurate and up-to -date information on all aspects of dealing with a brain tumour and has been compiled from a wide range of sources. If you can't find the information you are looking for please contact us and we will do our best to help.

We also offer support to patients, carers, relatives and friends in a variety of ways including in our forum, via email and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

BT Buddies is able to continue providing information and support thanks to kind donations and generous fundraisers. Funds raised for BT Buddies also go towards funding research into high grade brain tumours.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in fundraising for BT Buddies you can contact us at or call 0845 459 4101. We will also be launching a new section on the BT Buddies website in the next couple of weeks which will include information on how you can raise funds for BT Buddies, resources to help with your fundraising and suggestions for events you can take part in. Watch this space!

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Cancer Buddies Network

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2009 00:00


Jade Goody has been in all our hearts and minds recently as she battles with cervical cancer. It is always tragic when a young person receives such devastating news and while Jade is choosing to live out her battle through the media, most people have a much more private and lonely experience.

No-one should have to suffer in silence or feel alone in their experience. Even those with close family networks can often find it easier to open up about their fears to a complete stranger. Talking to a stranger who understands where you are coming from, because they have been there too, is the best of all. And this very often is just the start of Deep and lasting friendships.

This is the premise of Cancer Buddies Network (, a website where thousands of people are able to join forces and find strength from others who are going through similar experiences. Knowing you are not alone brings comfort and relief and a real shoulder to cry on when needed. Sharing all the ups and downs with others who understand, can make all the difference to your journey.

The website is the brainchild of Jan Rutter who, on being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, found that having a buddy who was going through the same thing was exceptionally comforting. "Bringing people together online benefits everyone," says Jan. "Whether it's the middle of the night or because you feel you can't burden your family any more, Cancer Buddies Network is there for you so no-one ever need feel alone. You only need to read through some of the exchanges to see how people are being helped by the friendship and empathy of total strangers." CBN Patron and top Oncologist, Professor Ian Smith of the Royal Marsden Hospital has first hand experience of seeing patients and their families who are frightened and worried about the impact that cancer will have on their lives and how it will affect them. "I have learnt that patients cope better when they are able to talk about what they are going through and share their experiences with someone who understands," says Professor Smith. Cancer Buddies Network continues to reach people all over world and help them in their hour of need.

Anyone can sign up and it's free, so if you've been affected by cancer in any form whatsoever, whether you've had it yourself, or you are a relative, friend or Carer, take a visit and see for yourself how you can find strength in numbers and meet your cancer buddy today.

For more information about Cancer Buddies Network, please contact:

Helen Vintner Eaton
Cancer Buddies Network
01444 457889
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Jan Rutter
Cancer Buddies Network
020 8651 4341
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Liverpool among new breed of super cancer centres

  • Monday, 23 February 2009 00:00

Liverpool will become one of the first links in a unique chain of Cancer Research UK Centres to be launched round the country on Wednesday. Read more about this story here...
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Cancer Research UK launches first super cancer centre in Birmingham

  • Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
  • Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:18 )

Birmingham will today become the first link in a unique chain of Cancer Research UK Centres to be launched round the country. Read more about this story here...
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Website Transfer

  • Saturday, 14 February 2009 00:00

We are in the process of transferring BT Buddies to a new server and getting ready for our launch day of March 1st 2009. Please bear with us as there maybe times when the site is unavailable or pages aren't displayed correctly. I will keep you all posted on how things are going here and in the mean time if you can keep your fingers crossed that we get everything done for the launch date I'd really appreciate it!

Your BT Buddy,


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Cancer Patients to get Free Prescriptions

  • Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00

People being treated for Cancer will be eligible for free prescriptions from 1 April 2009and can apply for free prescriptions from today.

The new scheme, announced by the Prime Minister in September 2008, abolishes NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.

Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, and may save £100 each year in prescription charges.

All cancer patients are entitled to apply for a 5-year exemption certificate, which will entitle them to all their NHS prescriptions free of charge, not just those relating to cancer. The certificate can be renewed as many times as necessary and will not have to be returned if the patient's condition changes.

Application forms can be collected from GP surgeries and oncology clinics from today and must be countersigned by the patient's GP, hospital doctor or service doctor.

Applications received by 24 March will be processed in time to be used for 1 April. Patients who do not receive for their certificate in time may have any prescription charges they have paid since the 1st April refunded.


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