IT HELPS TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES
Support groups for people going through cancer or after finishing treatment are such an invaluable resource and it would be ideal if this became a routine part of cancer care. Receiving some emotional support to deal with feelings such as fear, anxiety, sadness or despair can be of enormous assistance to both you and your family. I attended a support group at Beechwood Cancer Care Centre each week throughout the course of my treatment.It was a major part of my cancer journey and I am still so grateful that I was able to receive this care. It really helped to keep my spirits up along the way and also helped me to relax and feel 'normal'.
In a group setting you are able to join other people that have also been through a diagnosis of cancer. This can allow you the opportunity to share your concerns and feelings openly with others who are going through a similar experience. Sharing feelings in this way can provide a release of tension and comfort for each other. Support groups also provide a friendly environment in which to socialise without having to worry about your appearance or feeling that you have to put on a brave front. As well as this you can often gather information and pick up tips from each other about some of the practical ways of dealing with your treatment.
I would certainly encourage people to attend a support group if possible. That's one of the reasons it gives me great pleasure to be a key member of the Asian Breast Cancer Support Group . All men and women need support to come through a breast cancer diagnosis. This group was set up since it was apparent that Asian women tend to have poor breast cancer awareness and l ow rates of uptake for breast screening. This means that they often present at more advanced stages and therefore are less likely to be curable. There may be a number of reasons for this including a stigma or taboo of breast cancer and if so these Asian women are then less likely to share there experience of breast cancer .
Professor Anil Jain from the Nightingale Breast Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester created the Asian Breast Cancer Support Group to help tackle some of these issues. By discussing these difficulties and encouraging Asian women and the wider community to share their experiences we hope to be able to give more women the emotional support they need and deserve. The group hosts two Educational Meetings a year and a Cross- Cultural Communication Skills Training event each year. As well as this I facilitate a Patient to Patient Support meeting which takes place every 6-8 weeks at the Nightingale centre Wythenshawe. If you would like to attend the patient support group or an education meeting then please get in touch via email to find out more ;
THE NEXT MEETING IS AS FOLLOWS AND IS FREE OF CHARGE .I will be there, doing some book signing ! For any books sold at the Nightingale centre, (either at the event or in the Prevent Breast Cancer Shop) then 50% of the profits will be donated to the Asian Breast Cancer Support Group.
Asian Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting
Tuesday 11th October 2016, The Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre
1.00 pm Tea, coffee and light refreshments, meet/greet and networking
1.45 pm Welcome and Introduction
1.55 pm Are Asian women more prone to less favourable breast cancer subtypes?: Joseph Wan, Anil Jain
2.10 pm Demographic analysis of the Asian Breast Cancer Database: Jaanika Molderson, Anil Jain
2.20 pm The Changing Risk Factor Profile of Asian women with breast cancer. Timothy Thomas, Anil Jain
2.35 pm Systematic Review of Asian Breast Cancer: Dr Steve Brown, Pooja Saini, Rachel Anderson de Cuevas on behalf of the South Asian Women’s access to cancer screening group(CLAHRC)
2.50 pm Personal story and writing Moving on After Breast Cancer: Dr Anneela Saleem
3.10 pm Patient to Patient Support Initiative (PePSI): Our experience so far: Dr Anneela Saleem and Shaheeda Shaikh
3.35 pm Patients/Carers Presentation/ Update from other Regions in the UK
4.00 pm Psychological burden on Asian breast cancer patients- a proposed study: Dr Nusrat Husain, Reader in Psychiatry, University of Manchester
4.30 pm Update from the PROCAS Trial: Breast Cancer Risk Prediction in Asian women: Prof Gareth Evans, Department of Genomic Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, CMFT
5.00 pm Feedback and Evaluation; Vote of Thanks: Anil Jain
Eligible for 3 Category 1 RCR CPD Credits
RSVP (ASAP for catering purposes): Saima Rashid, Administrative Assistant ABC Support Group
01612914400 / Email: Saima@preventbreastcancer.org.uk; email@example.com
The Nightingale Centre ,Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe Manchester M23 9LT
Twitter: Asian Breast Cancer @BME_CANCER
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