Frequently Asked Questions
What is the referral process?
Any cancer patient or carer can self refer themselves to Star Throwers i.e. just contact us by phone or email for an initial discussion. One of our team will take a summary of your situation and explain about what support Star Throwers may be able to offer you and your family. We will also need to go through a New Patient Questionnaire and depending on your query we also ask for copies of your oncology notes. If this is case, we will guide you through the process of obtaining copies of your notes.
Is Star Throwers an alternative cancer clinic?
No, we not an alternative cancer clinic. However, we strongly advocate raising awareness and understanding of all the treatment options available and helping people to make an informed choice, whatever path they may choose to take.
Is Star Throwers an alternative to the treatment and advice I'm receiving at the hospital?
No. We offer complementary, additional support for people who wish to further understand and explore their treatment options and wish to be receive holistic support in the form of complementary therapies, nutrition advice, counselling, gentle exercise classes and craft groups. Our services help to enhance the wellbeing of people going through or caring for someone with cancer.
Does Star Throwers offer support for children with cancer?
Star Throwers is registered with the Charities Commission as a charity to support adults (18+) with cancer so unfortunately we are unable to provide direct support for children with cancer. We are, however, happy to refer parents to other children’s cancer charities and support parents in any way we can.
My spouse/mum/dad/son/daughter/brother/sister is struggling to cope with my cancer - can you offer them any help?
Yes. Star Throwers exists to support the carers just as much as we exist to support people with cancer. We are aware that, often, carers become the ‘cancer researcher’ in the family and can struggle to cope with the stress, anxiety, and physical demands of being a carer to someone with cancer. Almost all of our support services are available to carers.
Do I have to live in Norfolk / locally to benefit from your services?
Star Throwers is a local cancer charity with just one centre in Wymondham, Norfolk at the moment. However, we are happy to be contacted from people from all over East Anglia and will do our best to help people who contact us from further afield as well.
Do complementary therapies make any difference?
Complementary therapies for cancer – defined as therapies that complement conventional cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy – are reportedly used by over 40% of people diagnosed with cancer and that figure is increasing as people learn more about the benefits from complementary therapies.
At Star Throwers, we offer a range of complementary therapies including massage, reflexology, reiki, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy that (from the experiences of previous service users) can help decrease stress, anxiety, and enhance general wellbeing.
From the feedback we have gotten from our service users over 95% have said they found complementary therapies beneficial for them whilst going through their cancer or post-cancer treatment. For more information, visit our Complementary Therapies page.
What cancer types do you support? Is Star Throwers only for people with terminal cancer?
Star Throwers was founded by Dr Henry Mannings in 2009 initially to specifically support people with terminal cancer who had run out of conventional treatment options. However, we now have services to support people with any type of cancer and at all stages; whether they have just been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, been told they’re terminal, or are in remission.
Why would I want to know more about my cancer? It scares me whenever I read about it
Cancer is a terrifying prospect for many people to face and understandably we encourage you to follow your doctor’s advice. However, at Star Throwers we believe that by becoming educated and informed about your cancer and your treatment options, you will be empowered throughout your cancer journey to make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.
At Star Throwers we treat everyone we meet with compassion and sensitivity with full respect for your wishes.
What are Star Throwers' charges?
We do not charge a penny for the support we offer. Everything is offered completely free of charge for people with cancer and their loved ones.
This is only possible thanks to our amazing supporters who donate, fundraise and volunteer for our cause. Click here to find out more information about ways to support Star Throwers.