BREAST CANCER CARE PATIENT SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)
The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) is the specialist organisation for healthcare professionals caring for any person with a breast problem. The Association’s membership includes surgeons and nurse specialists as well as other members of the wider breast care team, all of whom have expertise in the assessment and management of breast conditions, in particular breast cancer.
We aim to promote the highest standards of breast surgery care through research, training and education, guidelines and audit.
The ABS website has a dedicated Information and Resources section for Breast Cancer Patients where you can find information and resources about surgery as a treatment for breast cancer, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic breast surgery.
Patients may find the following websites of use:
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK-wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer.
We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973. Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.
From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control.
Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call us on 0808 800 6000.
Flat Friends UK
Flat Friends UK is a registered charity dedicated to supporting women who have had mastectomy surgery without breast reconstruction, including those who may face such decisions now or in the future, due to either a breast cancer diagnosis or preventative surgery. We see living breast free as a positive choice. We have a website, public Facebook page and a closed chat group for women to connect and discuss the issues that affect them.
Breast Cancer Haven
Breast Cancer Haven is a charity that supports anyone affected by breast cancer, either from its three Haven centres in London, Leeds and Hereford, over the telephone or via the website. A "Haven at Home" DVD and audio CD is also available. All the services are free of charge.
The charity provides a wide range of therapies and approaches to help people cope with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer and its treatment. Specialist cancer nurses and experts in emotional support, complementary therapies, nutrition, exercise and stress-reduction, provide a tailor-made programme of supportive care to help people feel better
People can access the service before, during or after medical treatment for cancer and help is also available to family members and friends.
For more information please call 020 7384 0099 or view our website www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk
Independent Cancer Patients' Voice
Independent Cancer Patients' Voice (ICPV) is a patient advocate group independent of established UK cancer charities and aware of the value of medical research to both public health and to the national economy.
Our aim is to improve existing treatments for every cancer patient and develop new treatments by bringing the patients’ voice into clinical research.
We do this by:
- Educating, supporting and mentoring patients so that they can have an equal voice with clinicians and researchers and
- Bringing the patients’ voice to clinicians and researchers – i.e. by being patient advocates in clinical research so that this research takes into account the patients’ (and carers, relatives etc) viewpoint to improve outcomes (cancer mortality, morbidity, quality of life) for all people affected by cancer (patients, relatives, carers).
To get in touch, please visit the ICPV website www.independentcancerpatientsvoice.org.uk
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through it. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there. We’ll help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again. No one should face cancer alone.
For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
Do you need cancer advice or an expert’s medical opinion?
We offer advice and information on cancer treatment, symptoms and diagnosis, provided by some of the UK’s leading specialists and an advice service providing second opinions. An advice and opinion service is provided by UK experts from Harley Street.
For further information on Cancer Advice services please visit: https://www.canceradvice.co.uk/breast-cancer/
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public.
For general cancer information, how to cope with cancer, research and clinical trial information, causes of cancer and tips on how to support someone with cancer please visit: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer
Breast Cancer UK
Breast Cancer UK was formed in April 1999. We:
- Campaign to encourage a preventative approach by calling for improvements in legislation and public health policies which reduce our exposure to chemicals associated with breast cancer;
- Raise awareness amongst members of the public about the links between exposure to harmful chemicals and breast cancers; and providing practical solutions to help reduce exposure;
- Support scientific research into the links between breast cancer and exposure to carcinogenic, hazardous and endocrine disrupting chemicals.
We are entirely independent. We don’t receive grants from Government or industry but rely on support from members of the public.
For more information please visit https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/about-us