Breast cancer organisations
This page gives information about organisations and websites that help and support people with breast cancer. It also lists suppliers of mastectomy bras, swimming costumes, night wear and sports wear. There is information about
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Cancer Research UK
407 St John Street
London EC1V 4AD
Helpline: 0808 800 40 40
Admin phone number: 020 7242 0200
Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world, outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention.
We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through our website, which includes patient information and news and resources, and through our range of health awareness leaflets.
If you have a question about cancer, and you are in the UK or Ireland, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses using this form, or by telephoning freephone 0808 800 40 40.
If you would like to talk to someone affected by cancer, share experiences or find information, you can visit our Cancer Chat forum.
Breast Cancer Now
5th Floor Ibex House
42 - 47 Minories
Breast Cancer Now is a charity dedicated to funding research. It was formed by the merger of The Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer in June 2015.
Breast Cancer Care
5-13 Great Suffolk Street
Breast Cancer Care provides breast cancer information and support across the UK. All services are free and include a helpline, website, publications and practical and emotional support. They have specific support for partners and for younger women affected by breast cancer. They have a lot of information about mastectomy wear (including bras and swimming costumes) and also specialise in correctly fitting breast prostheses.
Breast Cancer Care (Scotland)
152 Bath Street
Breast Cancer Care (East Midlands and the North)
S1 St James
Breast Cancer Care (Wales)
1st Floor, 14 Cathedral Road
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group
A support group for those who have been diagnosed, to help support and give advice through treatment and beyond. Please note, this is a closed group. When you apply to join, one of the team will contact you, talk through your journey and welcome you to the group.
There is another associated facebook site (www.facebook.com/ibcnetworkuk) which aims to educate about inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and to promote and fund IBC research in the United Kingdom. Also a good point of contact for the families and friends of those diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline
Phone: 01629 813000 (helpline 24 hours)
This organisation provides support and information to anyone concerned about hereditary breast cancer. There is usually someone to answer calls during office hours. If not, there is a 24 hour answerphone. Leave your number and someone will call you back.
Against breast cancer
13 Napier Court
Against Breast Cancer is a charitable organisation based in Oxford that funds breast cancer research into long-term survival. It is looking at breast cancer, effect of the cancer on patients and their response to the cancer. It is also looking at the part environmental factors play in the development of cancer and recruiting women to take part in the Diet and Lifestyle Study.
National Cancer Institute
The American National Cancer Institute's patient information on breast cancer is detailed and comprehensive but there are no images.
The Daisy Network
PO Box 183
Provide help, support and information for women who have had an early menopause.
The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres
The London Haven
Tel: 020 7384 0099 (gives information about all Haven Centres in the UK)
Breast Cancer Haven offers free support, information and complementary therapies to anyone affected by breast cancer. They have drop in centres in London, Hereford and Leeds. They also offer a programme of care designed to help women with breast cancer feel better and develop a healthier lifestyle. For people who can't get to a Haven centre, they offer the Haven at Home multi media package and you can find out about this on their website.
Look Good Feel Better
West Hill House
32 West Hill
A charity set up by the cosmetics industry. Volunteer beauty therapists provide skincare and make up workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. All guests are provided with a goodie bag worth £150-200. It has been running for 12 years and workshops are held in 40 hospitals across the UK. Find your nearest workshop and read more about the work of the charity on their website.
Lymphoedema Support Network
St Luke's Crypt
This is a national charity offering information and support to anyone affected by lymphoedema. They have over 3500 members, 66 local support groups, run a helpline and have a website. They also produce a range of information including 25 factsheets about lymphoedema and its treatment, 2 DVDs about self management techniques for lymphoedema and a quarterly newsletter.
Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They provide booklets on cancer and treatments and run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice.
Maggie’s Centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Highlands, Fife and Charing Cross Hospital, London, offer care and support to people affected by cancer. Each Centre is beside an NHS cancer hospital and is run by professional, specialist staff who can discuss any aspect of cancer. You can join a support group, take part in weekly sessions like relaxation and stress management or learn about nutrition and health. Or you can just visit to have a cup of tea, a biscuit and a friendly chat.
This site has collections of patient experiences in writing and as audio and video clips. You can find out about other people's experiences of tests, treatment and living with breast cancer. There is also a patient forum. Healthtalkonline is run by the DIPEx (Database of Patient Experiences) charity.
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
PO Box 7324
Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (daily from 10am - 11pm)
24 hour helpline for lesbians and gay men, their families and friends giving advice, information and referrals.
Many manufacturers specialise in mastectomy wear, including bras, swim wear, night wear, active wear and breast forms (prosthesis). Most sell by mail order and some have shops. This is not a comprehensive list.
Amoena (UK) Ltd
Makes and retails breast forms (prostheses), prosthetic nipples, mastectomy lingerie, nightwear and mastectomy swim wear and beach wear. Also sells sports wear (active wear). Makers of the Classic Contac stick on (adhesive) breast form. Has a shop in Southampton.
Betty and Belle Ltd
35 Oxford Road
Betty and Belle is an old fashioned lingerie shop where you can get expert bra fitting. They are stockists of mastectomy lingerie, breast prostheses and swimwear, including non wired support bras and front fastening bras for shortly after surgery. Their collection is also available online.
They are also an online retailer of breast prostheses, including Amoena, Anita and Trulife, through their website Feminine Forms. You can call them for information and advice on 07970 075964, or email email@example.com.
5 Market Place
Phone: 01332 865554
An independent lingerie and swim wear boutique, specialising in quality brands for lingerie (A to I), plus size lingerie, swim wear (10 to 26), and mastectomy wear.
18 Friern Park
Supplier of breast prostheses, mastectomy bras and swim wear. Professional fitting service provided by a qualified nurse and trained fitter. Can also fit pockets into non mastectomy bras. Mail order or visit by appointment.
Sells mastectomy bras, swim wear, night wear and breast prostheses by mail order, online or by phone. Free returns service in UK. Also has shops at: 7, City Business Centre, Basin Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 2DU; 101–103 New Road Side, Leeds, LS18 4QD; and in London at 150 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DU.
14 Fore St
Phone: 01297 24440
Provides a range of mastectomy bras, night wear and swim wear. Has a shop in Seaton, Devon.
Thuasne Thamert UK
Supplies Silima breast forms and the Nearly Me breast prostheses. They can send out products by sale or return. They offer a selection of suitable bras.
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