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10 September

Breast cancer support group moves to Broomfield

Breast care nurses Kieva, Heidi and Emma
Breast care nurses Kieva Noble, Heidi Barclay and Emma Mitchell

A support group for women who have experienced breast cancer is moving to Broomfield Hospital.

The monthly group was previously based at the Helen Rollason Centre in Springfield but will now meet at its new permanent home at the hospital’s Breast unit (A104).

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 18 September from 7.30 - 8.30pm. The group will be joined by Julie Blanche of The Bra Consultancy who helps women who have undergone surgery find underwear that suits them.

Subsequent meetings will be held every third Wednesday of the month.

Heidi Barclay, clinical nurse specialist in breast care, wants to encourage as many women as possible to attend.

“The group is for women who have either recently been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment or have finished treatment for a breast cancer.

“Women that come to the support group can talk to people who know what it feels like to be told they have a cancer, who understand the anxieties that come with that, who have been through treatment and can give advice or reassurance on how to cope with those treatments. It’s peer-to-peer support.”

The group is open to all, not just Broomfield patients, and there will be breast care nurses in attendance to answer questions and make tea and coffee.

Heidi added: “Women are asked not to bring friends or relatives with them as we want them to be able to speak honestly about how they feel without worrying about their loved ones being upset about what’s discussed.

“For women who have had a breast cancer, it’s definitely worth coming along. It may be something you want to come to on a monthly basis, you may want to come once or twice a year, or just as a one-off.

“It’s about making sure women get what they want when they want it – women can use the group how they like. You will always find someone who has had a breast cancer experience and can share support or information with you.”