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International Support

Wherever you live, we’re here to help. Our Support and Information services are based in the UK. So, it may also be helpful to contact other organisations in your country to get the support you need. The Brain Tumour Charity is a global leader in brain tumour support and research funding. We’re here to make a difference worldwide.

The International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) is a global network which forms a worldwide community for brain tumour patient organisations. They have information on support, information and advocacy organisations worldwide.

Find out more

We’ve listed the ways The Brain Tumour Charity can offer support to people living internationally. We’ve also put together a list of brain tumour organisations across the globe.

What support do we offer to people living internationally?

Contact our Support team

Wherever you are based, you can contact our Support Team for information or emotional support via email or Live Chat.

You can also speak to our Young Adults or Children and Families teams.

Please note that our Support team members are not medically trained and that our knowledge is limited to systems in the UK. So, for specific information in your country, you may want to contact a more local organisation.

Do you offer international support during the weekends and holidays?

Our support line only is available during the weekdays Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm BST), but if you email us out of these hours, we will do our best to respond to you within our working hours.

Join our online support groups

We run several online support groups, where you can connect with other people affected by a brain tumour, who may be going through a similar experience. Furthermore, you can join our groups, regardless of where you live.

Download our app, BRIAN

Our BRIAN app can help you manage your experience day-to-day and the data your input will help accelerate research into brain tumours.

You can sign up to BRIAN and start using it to track your brain tumour journey no matter where you live in the UK or the rest of the world. However, the background data that currently drives all the insights within BRIAN comes only from patients based in England.

International Support Organisations

It is worth noting that much of the knowledge of The Brain Tumour Charity’s Support Services and our information resources relate to the UK’s health and welfare system. So, it may also be helpful to contact other organisations in your country to get the best help for you.

With the help of volunteers, we have created a list of organisations for people with brain tumours across the world. This was compiled from publicly available sources by volunteers, selected for their benefit or potential benefit to those affected by brain tumours.

The organisations have not been endorsed by The Brain Tumour Charity.

The list is not exhaustive and there will be omissions. 

Please contact information@thebraintumourcharity.org to request a change to this information.

Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) supports patients, carers and families affected by a brain tumour, through a support line, information resources and peer support. 
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation offers direction and support after a brain cancer diagnosis for patients and carers.
Grey Matters Australia offers patients, their family, carers and friends the opportunity to share experiences and receive support.
Peace of Mind Foundation gives courage and community to brain cancer patients, their carers and families, hosting retreats for brain cancer-affected families.
RCD Foundation supports families with a child affected by a brain tumour by organising and funding rehabilitation therapies and home assistance.

Werkgroep Hersentumoren is a patient-centred organisation providing information to brain tumour patients, relatives and care providers.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada gives help to anyone affected by any type of brain tumour. They offer a toll-free number for information and support.
Meagan’s Hug raises awareness of pediatric brain tumours and raises funds to support families affected by paediatric brain tumours.
Tali’s Fund supports research into treatment for rare childhood brain tumours and provides information for affected families.

Cyprus Brain Tumor Association (CBTA) runs a support group on Facebook.

HjernetumorForeningen provides support for patients and their relatives with any type of primary tumour of the brain and central nervous system through information and network meetings.

ARTC provides information and support for patients and families and assists hospital services for improvement of treatment.
Oligocyte provides moral and financial support for families of patients with a brain tumour.
Oscar’s Angels France is an association of hospital volunteers providing emotional and financial support to families of children with a brain tumour who are in hospital.

Deutschen Hirntumorhilfe provides information and support to brain tumour patients and their families through website, magazine and phone services.
Gemeinsam gegen Glioblastom provides information about glioblastoma through their website, podcasts and sharing stories.
Yes we can!cer offers digital self help groups for all types of cancer.

PVW Brain Tumour Foundation raises awareness of brain tumours in the community and offers support to those affected by a brain tumour.

Brain Tumour Support Group and Awareness Foundation provides support, including counselling, organising patient and caregiver support groups and information.
Brain Tumour Foundation of India is a charity concerned with improving the care and treatment available to people with brain tumour and their families. They provide information and financial support for treatment for those in need.

Brain Tumour Ireland hopes to create a place where patients and families can come for information, guidance and comfort. They offer support groups and training for carers.
Irish Brain Tumour Support runs regular support groups for patients and their families.

Oscar Angels Italy gives moral and financial support to families with children or young people in hospital with a brain tumour.
AITC provides free psychological support for families and patients, a free telephone assistance line for medical information and free advice on social assistance.
Glioblastoma. IT ODV aims to provide useful advice to patients or carers affected by a glioblastoma. The site gives advice on centres of research, most advanced therapies, treatments outside of Italy and financing this. 

Stichting STOPhersentumoren is an organisation who research into brain tumours and connect people affected by brain tumours through peer groups.
Hersentumoren provides information about adult and child brain tumours.

Hjernesvulst provides information for patients and families through their website.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Pakistan offers information resources and support to all those impacted by a brain tumour, including through virtual support groups.

Glioma Foundation Centre provides support and information for patients and their families facing the diagnosis of a glioblastoma.

ASATE  is an organisation that supports the wellbeing and quality of life for those with a brain tumour by providing information. Additionally, psychological care and counselling, for both patients and their families.

Svenska hjärntumörföreningen aims to create contact routes between people affected by a brain tumour, usually via Facebook, and share helpful information.

American Brain Tumour Association is the nation’s oldest non-profit organisation dedicated to brain tumour education, support and research.
Brain Tumour Network aims to be a trusted source for reliable information about primary brain tumours for patients of all ages throughout the United States.
EndBrainCancer offers one-on-one personalised support to brain tumour patients and their families.
Gray Matters Foundation aims to support and empower people impacted by brain tumours through outreach, awareness and assistance programs.
Epidermoid Brain Tumor Society is an online support group for people with an epidermoid brain tumour to share knowledge and experiences with each other.
Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information creates educational materials for brain tumour patients. They also have a co-payment assistance programme to help patients pay for their medication.
National Brain Tumor Society has a number of organised support groups and toolkits available for both patients and caregivers.
Paediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States funds research into pediatric brain tumours, while equipping families with the education, financial relief and emotional support they need to navigate their child’s journey.
Sontag Foundation aims to provide free, individualised navigation to help patients and loved ones manage a primary Brain Tumour diagnosis, overcome treatment obstacles, and facilitate access to quality health care.  

What if I can’t find a suitable organisation for me?

This list is not exhaustive and doesn’t include every organisation offering international support across the world. There are several things you can do if you cannot find an organisation in your country.

  • Contact the IBTA (International Brain Tumour Alliance). The IBTA is a global network for brain tumour patient and carer groups around the world. They have an extensive list of international support organisations.
  • Speak to your healthcare team – your doctor or someone else involved in your healthcare may be able to help you identify local sources of support
  • Look for other relevant organisations – you may wish to research organisations which support people with neurological conditions or with cancer.

What if I need financial help?

Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for individual treatment or contribute to ongoing fundraising pages. Our funding goes towards pioneering research to find new treatments, improve understanding, increase survival and bring us closer to a cure.

However, if you live in the UK and have been affected by or living with a brain tumour or brain cancer, you may be entitled to receive some financial benefits by law.

We would recommend contacting one of the organisations listed above and talking to your healthcare team about your concerns.

One other way to raise money is via crowdfunding. There are a number of online platforms that can help you to do this.

These include:

It may also help to read this blog about how to successfully set up a crowdfunding campaign.

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If you need someone to talk to or advice on where to get help, our Support and Information team is available by phone, email or live-chat.