Below is a list of some of the commonly asked questions. Please click on each question to read the answer.
If you cannot find the answer to your query here, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.
Studies have shown that positive support is beneficial to women who have experienced cancer. Within a support group, you will meet others who have had similar experiences to you and can share your own concerns. This will help you to cope with the situation – during and after treatment.
Yes. Although everyone’s diagnosis and treatment differs, there is someone who has been through what you are going through and who will be able to talk to you and reassure you about your experience.
We have women who attend the group covering a wide age range – from 30 upto 75, but there are no age limits. That said, it does help to speak to someone your own age at the group who understands. It is re-assuring to see so many women of all ages who have come through the treatment and continue to survive.
Don’t panic. Remember – most lumps are harmless.
However, do get yourself checked out by your Doctor – who will perform an examination and decide whether further investigation is required. If you are not happy with the decision, say so immediately – you are entitled to see a specialist.
If you do receive a diagnosis confirming breast cancer, remember – you are not alone. There are several people whom you can contact – including the breast care nurses at the General Hospital and the members of our Support Group.
The Breast Cancer Care nurses can advise you on the medical procedures involved with the diagnosis, while we at After Breast Cancer can offer emotional support as we have ourselves experienced the anguish of breast cancer.
You should know your body. Create a routine for yourself whereby every month – preferably just after a period, you examine yourself. This is best achieved during a bath/shower when you have sufficient time to do so thoroughly.
Afterwards, check in the mirror for any visible changes – remember it is not just lumps you are looking for – check for puckering, changes in colour, size and any discharges. Remember, if you are over fifty you should go for regular breast screening.
If you would like further information on breast care awareness, please contact us directly.
Yes. Breast care awareness is vitally important for women of all ages.
In a small number of cases, yes. If several members of your family have had cancer and you are concerned, you should seek the advice of your Doctor.
No, but they do need investigating sooner rather than later! If, during the course of a self-examination, you find anything about which you feel unsure or concerned, you should contact your Doctor to seek advice.
Not necessarily – each cancer diagnosis is different. Your specialist will advise you as to the treatment regiment that is being recommend in your case.
It isn’t the most comfortable experience – however it doesn’t last long. The “ouch” factor is brief, and it is necessary.
After Breast Cancer Support Group not only offers personal support for ladies experiencing breast cancer, but we may also be able to help financially during the course of your treatment with the following:-
- The purchase of a wig for ladies who are undergoing chemotherapy and are experiencing hair loss.
- We can offer cleaning services whilst ladies are undergoing their treatment.
- We can offer ironing services while treatment is being received.
- If radiotherapy is required we can offer 2 return flights to Southampton for either the patient or a relative or friend wishing to accompany or visit them.
- For ladies who have had reconstructive surgery, we can pay for any tattooing required.
We also provide lympheodema sleeves to ladies who have had lymph nodes removed. These will be distributed from Jersey Hospice Care where treatment and check ups are done.