We were a smaller group for this meeting, which took place as usual in the Holiday Inn. Our speaker Patricia Mendes had cancelled her visit due to family commitments.
Denise, therefore, updated us about the Strawberry Tea event that Val organised in her lovely garden at Longthorpe. The weather was excellent and 48 people came along to support the event raising over £300 at the end of the day.
We were reminded that the Health and Safety day at Perkins on 30th July ‘One Life – Live It’, needed volunteers willing to spend 1 – 2 hours talking to people about the group and to provide information about Breast Cancer.
Jabeen and her friend Tafseer were attending for the first time and Dovi suggested we all introduce ourselves to them. Dovi said that for her part the trials and tribulations of cancer treatment had led to feelings of being down and coming to the group had provided positive feedback.
Denise said that Mrs Shetty would be coming to the group's August meeting and was there any questions that members would like to put to her?
Vanessa reported that the hospital has seconded an Outpatient Nurse to Breast Cancer Care unit to join the Breast Care Nurse Team.
Concerns were expressed about younger women now being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and GP surgeries failing to pick this up. Some GP’s needed more training as they could be dismissive around what they see as inappropriate referrals even though they are not specialists in this. It seems that Breast Cancer is viewed as age related and unlikely to occur in younger age groups.