Lincolnshire hospice to launch support group for patients with secondary breast cancer

25th September 2015

Our Specialist Nurses can offer support and advice

Secondary breast cancer patients across Lincolnshire will soon have access to a support group being launched by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

The secondary breast cancer support group – the first group of its kind in Lincolnshire – adds an extra dimension to plans by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice to support and innovate palliative care across Lincolnshire wherever possible.

The new group will launch on Friday 2nd October, from 12 noon – 4pm, at St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre on Hawthorn Road in Lincoln at the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Guests will be able to meet and gain support and information from health professionals including a Specialist Breast Nurse, Occupational Therapists and Complementary Therapists as well as meeting the counsellor volunteers who will help to organise the support group.

Sue Scully, Deputy Team Leader for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“The launch day is free and open to anyone who is living with the impacts of secondary breast cancer in Lincolnshire. We will then work with the guests at our launch day to determine a suitable time and day to meet on a weekly basis.

“The group will allow people in similar situations to get the support they need in a relaxed atmosphere. The group will be entirely led by its members and volunteer counsellors Sue, Ellen and Christine, the topics of conversation will be determined by them and they will be visited by various health care professionals on a rolling basis.”

Guests at the launch will also be able to seek free and confidential advice from the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice welfare team.

Sue said: “Each year we are seeing the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer increase. It is vitally important that these people are recognised and that a dedicated support service is available to assist them to live well with their secondary disease.

“This group will be able to access advice and expertise from various guest speaking health professionals whilst gaining support and friendship from each other. The group welcomes anyone with secondary breast cancer regardless of what stage of the journey they are at.”

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