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Guest blog: Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now

 
 

Guest blog: Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now

 
 

Sally Hudson from Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now explains more about the recent merger to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity and how the new charity is supporting women across the UK who are living with the disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Every 10 minutes one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one man is diagnosed every day. Breast Cancer Care has been providing support and information for anyone affected by the disease for over 45 years and in  April merged with Breast Cancer Now to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity. The new charity is united around the aim that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well.

From research to care, our new charity puts people affected by breast cancer at its heart — providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we have the ability to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.

The charity offers free support services - face-to-face, over the phone and online. From courses and monthly meet-ups held throughout the UK, to its confidential Helpline and end of treatment support app, we want to ensure everyone diagnosed with breast cancer gets the support they deserve.

Our award winning Moving Forward® course offers support to people adjusting to life after a primary breast cancer diagnosis. It is an invaluable opportunity for women to meet others who understand exactly how they’re feeling, support each other and learn about a range of topics to help empower them to approach life after treatment with more confidence. Whether it is questions about managing side effects of treatment, wondering how to adopt a healthier lifestyle or finding it hard to make sense of a breast cancer experience, Moving Forward® courses are here to help with expert speakers providing information, support and professional guidance.

Run in partnership with NHS hospitals, the course usually takes place over half a day for three or four weeks. Topics covered may include healthy eating, exercise, managing menopausal symptoms, lymphoedema, cancer fatigue, and intimacy and relationships.

The charity also offers an innovative, award-winning breast cancer support app BECCA that provides trustworthy and tailored information, hints, tips and support to empower and equip women to adapt to daily life once hospital treatment ends. Bitesize tips are delivered daily to users as a deck of cards, letting them flick through ideas on topics like exercise, diet, hobbies and mental wellbeing whenever they want. They can then favourite the cards they are interested in and use these to support them in taking small steps towards approaching life after breast cancer with confidence.

Women under 45 who have been diagnosed with primary breast cancer in the last three years can attend a Younger Women Together event and meet around 30 other women. For many it’s the first time they meet others their age with a diagnosis and there is the chance to talk, share experiences and be themselves – away from the pressures of everyday life -while hearing from experts on topics including talking to family, fertility, nutrition and diets.

For people living with incurable secondary breast cancer, support can be found at monthly meet ups held across the UK – Living with Secondary Breast Cancer. These regular sessions in a safe and relaxed environment help people to connect, share experiences and tips with other people in a similar situation and also hear from expert speakers about all aspects of living with the disease

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now also has many other support services available. These include email support from our team of breast care nurses, our online forum, and the Helpline, where people can talk to a specialist breast care nurse or trained staff.

With more and more women being diagnosed with breast cancer and around 691,000 people alive in the UK after a diagnosis, and the numbers only set to rise, the charity wants to reach as many of those who need support as possible and make sure they know they’re not alone. More information about the charity’s free support services can be found at www.breastcancercare.org.uk

 

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