Surgical Services

Breast care support services

There are many sources of help for you and your family and you may wish to contact some of the following agencies.

Some use volunteers to answer the telephone but others may use an answer-phone and ask you to leave a message and a number where you can be contacted.


Organisations to help

Breast Cancer Care

 Offers practical advice and information.

Bresdex

A decision support website for women who have been diagnosed with early breast cancer and who have been offered a choice of treatments. The information helps women consider the options for treatment alongside their personal values and what is important to them.

A decision support website for women who have been diagnosed with early breast cancer and who have been offered a choice of treatments. The information helps women consider the options for treatment alongside their personal values and what is important to them.

Bristol Cancer Help Centre

Offers a healing programme complementary to medical treatment.

British Association for Counselling and Psychology (BACP)

Can provide a list of trained counsellors.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Offers free confidential advice and information on many problems, including financial.

Coping with Cancer

Offers help and support and support groups.

Disability North

Lymphoedema Support Network

Support and information about lymphoedema.

Maggie’s Newcastle

Provide psychological, emotional and information support. Maggie’s Newcastle is located in the grounds of Freeman Hospital near the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Can provide Macmillan Nurses, support, information, advice and counselling.

Mihealth

Online patient information system to provide people who have breast cancer with an all in one means of support via the internet. Access the website below and register using your own name and password of your choice. Your user identification number is 170464

North Tyneside Carers Centre

Provides information, advice and support services for carers

Relate

Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support, face to face, by phone and through the website.

Samaritans

24 hour listening service for anyone who is in distress or despair.

St Oswald’s Hospice

Offers specialist palliative care.

Support groups

Local support groups are available offering a chance to meet others in a relaxed, informal setting for discussion and mutual support. You may attend any of these groups and are welcome to take a friend with you.

Local support groups are available offering a chance to meet others in a relaxed, informal setting for discussion and mutual support. You may attend any of these groups and are welcome to take a friend with you.

Breast Cancer Drop-in Group

Maggie’s Newcastle Freeman Hospital 10.00am to 12.00pm first Thursday of every month.

Secondary Breast Cancer Support Group

Maggie’s Newcastle, Freeman Hospital, 10.30am to 12.30pm first Wednesday of every month

Breast Cancer Support Group

North Tyneside General Hospital (Education Centre). Meets first Monday of each month, 7.00-9.00pm except on a Bank holiday Monday when it will be 2nd Monday of the month.

  • Tel: 0191 293 4183

Blyth Community Hospital. Meets every second Monday of each month, 6.00-9.00pm

  • Tel: 0844 811 8111 ext. 3319

Coping with Cancer

Drop-in sessions held every Tuesday 9.00-11.00am

Bewick Seminar Room (Level 3 Leazes Wing) Royal Victoria Infirmary

Northumberland Cancer Support Group

Hexham General Hospital Education Centre, 2nd Floor: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday 7.00pm

Your GP or Practice Nurse will also have information on other resources available within your own practice and local area.

If you would like further advice then please contact your Nurse Specialist who will try to help you.

Royal Victoria Infirmary Nurse Specialists (Macmillan Breast Care)

  • Tel: 0191 282 0207/8
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