9 December 2023
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Support in Salisbury for people living with secondary breast cancer

Leading research and support charity, Breast Cancer Now, is re-launching a service in Salisbury for people with incurable secondary breast cancer.

The ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer’ group was first launched in Salisbury in 2016, and following the COVID-19 pandemic, will now once again be bringing together people with the disease to talk, listen and learn with others who understand the challenges that secondary breast cancer brings in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The free monthly group begins on Wednesday, 15th November, 11 am-1 pm, held at SP2 Community Centre Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW.

It is estimated that over 61,000 people are living with secondary breast cancer (also called metastatic, advanced, or stage 4 cancer) in the UK. The disease occurs when breast cancer cells spread from the breast to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, liver, lung or brain. While secondary breast cancer can be treated, it cannot currently be cured.

Breast Cancer Now’s monthly ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer’ sessions are facilitated by an experienced counsellor, and every few months, there is the chance to hear from an expert speaker on topics such as treatment side effects, fatigue and clinical trials.

Susan Wood, senior manager of secondary breast cancer services at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We are thrilled to be re-launching this invaluable support in Salisbury to help us be there for people living with secondary breast cancer.

“Secondary breast cancer is full of uncertainties, and people tell us that they often feel overlooked or forgotten once receiving the devastating diagnosis. Our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer group offers a warm, friendly space to share what’s on your mind with people who understand, to help people feel less alone, as well as provide vital support and crucial information.

“If anyone has any questions at all or would like to register to join the group, please do get in touch with us at secondaryservice@breastcancernow.org or call 0345 077 1893.”

Diana Konczak, Counsellor and Living with Secondary Breast Cancer Salisbury group facilitator says: “I’m delighted to be working with Breast Cancer Now to launch this group for people living with secondary breast cancer in the Salisbury area. From my many years as a counsellor, I know how invaluable a confidential and safe space to reflect and discuss personal experiences can be. This group offers such an important chance for people with secondary breast cancer to discuss whatever may be on their mind and gain support from others facing similar experiences.”

Jess Thomas, cancer support lead at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This is a brilliant group to support people living with secondary breast cancer. It allows people to meet others who may be going through a similar experience. Being facilitated by a qualified counsellor creates a safe space for people to access support as and when needed. Previously, it has been of real benefit to our patients, and it is very exciting to be able to offer this service once again.”
Register online at breastcancernow.org or call Breast Cancer Now on 0345 077 1893.

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns