February 2014

Our first meeting in 2014 was small due mainly to the weather. Who would have thought it could rain so much and for so long?  
This was an open meeting and we talked about a number of issues starting with the problems of using prosthesis after mastectomy and how to stop them falling out of a bra. Some of us had discovered stick on ones, which seemed to do the trick providing we did not get hot enough for them to peel off. You can discuss about stick on prosthesis in the Prosthesis Clinic if/when you require a new prosthesis.

Bras in general are often a problem after breast cancer surgery and there was a mixed reaction to how Marks and Spencers and John Lewis provided their bra fitting service. ‘Eve’ in Oundle had good feedback.
Claire reminded us that in fact John Lewis would be hosting a lingerie evening in conjunction with Breast Cancer Care on 10th April 2014.

We also discovered that a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 32 would mean that not all options of reconstructive breast surgery could be carried out.  For those of us wanting to loose weight the City Council run ‘Lets Get Moving’ and ‘Lets Keep Moving’ sessions.  Denise, who is currently going to the sessions was feeling the benefit of the exercises and was meeting people with other conditions not just cancer.  Sessions can be accessed via a GP referral.
Macmillan Nurses also run ‘Moving Forward’ courses at the Robert Horrell Centre on the Peterborough City Hospital Site, which concentrate on getting life back into focus after a cancer diagnosis/treatment. To attend these contact Breast Care Nurses.

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