A Breast Cancer Surgeon
Patients are usually gobsmacked when they are told they have cancer.
Breast care nurses offer
counselling which may not be life-
It is often better for them to ask the questions they want to ask outside the clinic setting a couple of days after the diagnosis.
Interesting fact quoted in
One survey found that volunteering was the second greatest source of individual joy, behind dancing."
Women with breast cancer 'live longer' with group therapy," -
A study by Ohio State University suggests that by joining a support group, a woman can double her chances of surviving breast cancer. Dr Sarah Rawlings of Breakthrough Breast Cancer commented, "This is a very small study and other research has not shown a link between psychological interventions and increased survival in patients with early breast cancer.
Regardless of this study, we know that alongside treatment, psychological support can be very important for many breast cancer patients to enhance their quality of life and reduce distress.
From a former hospital employee
I am very much aware of this group
in my role of orthotic/prosthetic manager at Blackburn Royal
I am very impressed with the care, concern and support shown to both newly diagnosed patients and existing patients; also their interest in holistic/homeopathic therapies.
The group offers friendly, positive support to women who have been diagnosed and treated with breast cancer or who are concerned about breast problems.
The atmosphere at the monthly
meetings is very special. All are made welcome -
The friendships formed and the
outreach support of one for another is amazing -