Support for breast cancer patients

The aim of the breast care nursing service is to ensure that every patient passing through the service that has, or fears they may have, breast cancer receives the highest possible standard of care.

Breast care nurse support

All patients with breast cancer are seen by a breast care nurse at the time of diagnosis. The breast care nurse will continue to provide support and act as a key contact for the patient throughout her treatment.

Care will include basic and specialist information and education about breast cancer and its treatment as well as physical, practical, psychological and emotional support.

Patients will be helped to explore their feelings and beliefs about breast cancer and to deal with the uncertainties and anxieties that arise from a diagnosis and from any subsequent treatments.

The breast care nursing service is available to patients, their families and carers before, during and after treatments for breast cancer.

  • The breast care nurse team can be contacted on 01226 432220

Support Groups in Barnsley

There are a number of support groups in Barnsley. The aim of each of these is to provide a forum in which women who have had breast cancer can meet and provide peer support for each other.  There may be professional support available at some of these groups but primarily, the support is by patients for patients.

Barnsley Breast Care Group

BBCG has been established for many years and is an ideal support group for anyone who prefers to meet during the day time rather than evenings. As well as support from other women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer there is a Breast Care Nurse available for help, advice or professional support and a qualified complementary therapist attends every meeting and offers 30 minute treatment sessions free of charge. This service is sponsored by Barnsley Cancer Aftercare Group.

The group meets once a month between 10am and 12 noon on the first Friday of each month. The meetings take place in The Well room, at The Core, County Way, Barnsley. There is ample parking for those who require it and for those using public transport The Core is within a few yards of the bus station.

For further information please contact Lorraine Kelly on 01226 292484 or Josie Wilcock on 01226 219388.

Barnsley Cancer Aftercare Group

BCAC is a society of patients, friends and relatives who have been affected by any form of cancer. The group offers support, friendship and social activities. There is a specialist nurse available at the group meetings. The meetings are monthly on the third Tuesday between 7 and 9pm and are held in the elderly rehabilitation unit of the hospital.

BCAC is also a registered charity (no. 1117581) that raises funds to provide extra care for cancer patients. This may be in the form of grants or gift vouchers. They also provide a complementary therapist on the chemotherapy suite. Contact Josie Wilcock on 01226 219388

Complementary Therapy

It is recognised that some patients enjoy and benefit from some forms of complementary therapy. For example, aromatherapy is used to promote relaxation and increase general feelings of well-being.

Complementary therapy is available both in the hospital and at the hospice day unit. The breast care nurses, chemotherapy nurse or other professional can refer you for therapy.

Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is a registered charity that provides information and support for women and men affected by breast cancer. Information sheets can be downloaded from their web site or posted out by ringing freephone 0808 800 6000.

The support provided by BCC includes on line chat forums, peer support and away days and can be found either on the web site or telephone number above.

Attendance at all the groups is free and everyone is made to feel welcome.

Counselling Directory Website

Counselling Directory only lists qualified/registered counsellors and psychotherapists. Every member must send us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or must be registered with a recognised professional body.

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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