Breast Cancer Care

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Breast Cancer Care
UK charity Breast Cancer Care logo.jpg
Breast Cancer Care logo
Founded1973
FounderBetty Westgate
TypeSupport Charity
FocusHealth
Location
  • Chester House, Kennington Business Park, 1-3 Brixton Road, Oval London SW9 6DE, UK
Area served
United Kingdom
ServicesHelpline, Ask Our Nurses by email, online Forum, face-to-face support, patient information, healthcare professional training
Key people
Samia al Qadhi (Chief Executive), Dr Emma Pennery (Clinical Director), Betty Westgate (founder)
Websitewww.breastcancercare.org.uk
Formerly called
Breast Care and Mastectomy Association of Great Britain

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK-wide charity in the UK providing care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer. The charity's headquarters are in London, with additional offices in Sheffield, Cardiff, and Glasgow. It is regularly quoted by media looking for the perspective of patients on breast cancer.[1]

In November 2018 support focussed Breast Cancer Care and research focussed Breast Cancer Now announced that they would merge on 1 April 2019, creating a charity with an income of about £45 million. The merged charity is chaired by Jill Thompson, formerly a trustee of Breast Cancer Care, and the chief executive is Delyth Morgan, formerly chief executive of Breast Cancer Now. The combined headquarters are at Breast Cancer Now offices at Aldgate, London. The charity will operate using both names for about a year, when a new logo and name is expected to be introduced.[2][3][4]

It is supported by Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign. Lacey Turner, Louise Redknapp and Pandora's Kiss have all supported it.[5]

Services[edit]

Breast Cancer Care provides a range of information and support services for anyone affected by breast cancer, including friends and family of the person diagnosed and breast care health professionals. These services include:

  • a free telephone support and information Helpline
  • Ask Our Nurses email service
  • a number of specialist face-to-face services that include expert information, the chance to ask questions and to meet other people also facing breast cancer[6]
  • a wide range of free patient information, both on and offline, including voice services on Amazon Alexa [7]
  • an online peer support Forum

Nursing Network[edit]

Breast Cancer Care's Nursing Network was launched as a service for healthcare professionals in 2010. More than 1,000 nurses have now joined the service.

Members of the Nursing Network work together to help ensure people affected by breast cancer get the best treatment and care available.

Breast Cancer Care’s support for healthcare professionals through the Nursing Network includes training sessions on specific aspects of breast cancer treatment and care, and ways to share best practice.

Network members regularly receive information and news about Breast Cancer Care services and campaigns, and clinical developments and changes in practice, particularly via the membership magazine Nursing Network News.

The Breast Cancer Care Helpline is open to healthcare professionals in need of support or guidance. [8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cancer patients in England 'diagnosed too late' due to staff shortages, Guardian, 2 September 2019, retrieved 2 September 2019
  2. ^ Weakley, Kirsty (5 November 2018). "UK's largest breast cancer charities announce merger plans". Civil Society. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  3. ^ John Plummer; Andy Ricketts (6 December 2018). "Analysis: How the merger of two breast cancer charities will work". Third Sector. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  4. ^ Breast cancer: Menopausal hormone therapy risks 'bigger than thought', BBC, 30 August 2019, retrieved 2 September 2019
  5. ^ It Asda be re-loved...superstore in Milton Keynes launches pop-up charity shop, MK Citizen, 2 September 2019, retrieved 2 September 2019
  6. ^ Young mum diagnosed with breast cancer just 10 weeks after giving birth to baby girl, Daily Record, 4 August 2019, retrieved 2 September 2019
  7. ^ Lepper, Joe (26 October 2018). "Breast Cancer Care launches Amazon Alexa advice tools". Charity Digital. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  8. ^ [1] Archived May 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine