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Secondary Breast Cancer Group launched in Lincoln Centre

St Barnabas Hospice has launched a Secondary Breast Cancer Group, taking place at 200 Degrees in Lincoln City Centre

The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month, from 2-4pm at the 200 Degrees coffee shop in Lincoln (Sincil Street). It is open to any member of the public who has been affected by secondary breast cancer.

Secondary breast cancer happens when breast cancer spreads to other areas of the body, and can also be known as metastatic, stage four or advanced breast cancer. There are around 35,000 people in the UK currently living with it.

A diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can mean adjusting to difficult life changes which can have a big physical and emotional impact. It is hoped that this support group will go some way to easing worries and providing a friendly environment where people can share their experiences.

Christine Kirk and Sue Ford volunteer as Facilitators for the Lincoln Secondary Breast Cancer Group. Christine said:

“People can often feel alone and isolated when they get a diagnosis like secondary breast cancer. Although family and friends are always very supportive, it can be a big help to be able to discuss things with others who are going through them.

The group is open to anyone currently going through secondary breast cancer, or who is supporting a friend or relative through secondary breast cancer.”

Both Christine and Sue recently received recognition from St Barnabas Hospice for their outstanding commitment to volunteering, for supporting vulnerable patients, bringing them connection and a place to find hope, peace and unconditional care.

Laura Stones, Community Engagement Project Lead at St Barnabas Hospice, added:

“As far as we are aware, there are no other secondary breast cancer support groups in Lincolnshire, so I’m really proud of Christine and Sue for enabling St Barnabas to offer this service free of charge.

I would also like to say a big thank you to 200 Degrees for generously donating a meeting space for this group. We are delighted to work in partnership with this local coffee shop, and we are grateful for their continued support of the Hospice.”

People can attend the groups on an ad hoc basis, whenever they feel the need to go. For further information on the group or any of our services, please call our Wellbeing team on 01522 518 246 or email wellbeing@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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