A breast cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. It's important to recognise that you will need support, both physically and emotionally. There are a huge number of resources to help you through this journey, and this guide aims to collect them together into an easy to use directory
In this guide, we will cover:
Breast Cancer Charities
In the UK we are lucky to have a large number of excellent charities, dedicated to helping you at every stage of your breast cancer journey. From diagnosis to recovery, these organisations have years of experience in supporting you through any challenge you face.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity offering physical, emotional and financial support for anyone affected by cancer. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience of dealing with all aspects of breast cancer and they are available to talk to seven days a week.
Macmillan have support centres across the UK, as well as regular events and support groups. You can find your nearest centre here - simply enter your postcode. Another brilliant resource is the free support line. If you have any worries or questions, or even if you simply need to talk, you can call 0808 808 00 00 and a specialist advisor will be ready to listen. Lines are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and calls are free from UK mobiles and landlines.
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care was founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate. Betty had been diagnosed with breast cancer herself and knew through her own experiences that the physical treatment is only half of the story. Through their team of breast care nurses and volunteers, Breast Cancer Care aims to provide the other half, by making sure everyone gets the support they need.
Breast Cancer Care provides free talks, courses and meet-ups all over the UK. You can browse the calendar of events here. In addition to the face-to-face support, the charity is doing amazing work in providing several other options: a free, dedicated helpline (0808 800 6000), an option to email a breast care nurse and an award winning app.
Breast Cancer Haven
The Haven also provides a number of excellent support groups and workshops. These workshops cover a wide range of topics from nutrition to makeup and skincare.
Online Support Networks
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Cancer Research UK Forum
A safe space to talk with other people with cancer. The forum is separated into several sections covering a whole range of topics. While this is a general cancer forum, there is still a wealth of information and expertise among the userbase with regards to breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Care Forum
This is a well supported and moderated forum for people with breast cancer. There are specific sections for every stage of your journey and even a section where you can talk to trained nurses.
Here are our top books on the subject of breast cancer. Within the pages you will discover a wealth of advice, reassurances and life-affirming stories.
Emotional Support Through Breast Cancerby Dr Cordelia Galgut
In this informative book, Galgut combines her years of professional wisdom with her own breast cancer experience to produce an invaluable guide to the emotional effects of breast cancer.
The C Wordby Lisa Lynch
This gem of a book takes on the topic of breast cancer with honesty, real insight and a healthy dose of humour. This real-life account is incredibly moving and has even been turned into a BBC drama starring Sheridan Smith.
Mummy's Lumpby Gillian Forrest
This brilliant book tackles the difficult topic of discussing breast cancer with young children. It's a fantastic, child friendly way to broach the subject in a sympathetic, easy to understand manner. Highly recommended.
B is For Breast Cancerby Christine Hamill
This excellent little book is an insightful account of living with breast cancer, and all the little realities you wouldn't normally think of. This is a funny yet practicle guide that even during the difficult parts will make you laugh in spite of yourself!