- Look Good…Feel Better
- May’s Patient Support Group “Danced themselves happy”
- Dr Anmol Malhotra will lead a talk at June’s Patient Support Group
- Number of women eligible for NHS testing for the BRCA genes is set to double from June
Look Good…Feel Better
May’s ‘Look Good…Feel Better’ session took place last week. Ten women had the opportunity to have their make-up expertly applied by four beauty therapists, before taking away a make-up kit so they could recreate their looks at home. Lots of laughter echoed through the room, and everyone who attended commented not only on how much fun they had had but also how useful they found it to meet other women going through cancer treatment.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at ‘Look Good…Feel Better’ for their help in arranging these monthly sessions, and particularly to Eleanor Cain, Tina Ryan, Zoe Dean and Lindsay Bown, the therapists who donated their time to run this month’s session.
For more information, or to book your place on a future workshop, please contact Reema on 020 7830 2323 or email email@example.com.
Patient Support Group “Danced themselves happy”
This month’s Patient Support Group took place on Tuesday 28 May 2013. We were once again joined by Yvette Cowles, who led a taster session of her ‘Dance Yourself Happy’ class. The session was a mix of dancing (belly-dancing, Indian dancing, African dancing and even some 70s grooving all featured!) and laughter yoga, and everyone who took part spoke of how much they had enjoyed it. “I really enjoyed today’s session. Felt totally relaxed”. “Much fun and laughter, a chance to connect with my body, to meet other patients. Regular sessions would be great!” Following the very positive feedback, from 13 June we will be running these classes every Thursday from 1030 to 1130.
Dr Anmol Malhotra will lead a talk at June’s Patient Support Group
Our next Patient Support Group will take place on Tuesday 25 June, where we will be joined by Dr Anmol Malhotra, Lead Imaging Consultant from the Royal Free. Dr Malhotra will give a talk on the current and future developments in breast imaging, before answering any questions you may have on this topic. Please note his talk will start at 2pm (NOT the usual time of 11am).
To book your place at any of these groups, or for more information, please contact Reema on 020 7830 2323 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of women eligible for NHS testing for the BRCA genes is set to double from June
From next month the NHS is expected to at least double the number of women who are offered genetic testing for the BRCA genes.
New guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will loosen the eligibility criteria for genetic testing for the BRCA gene in England and Wales, as part of a drive to improve early detection and treatment of the disease.
Currently, testing is given on the NHS to women who have at least a 20% risk of carrying a BRCA gene fault, based on how many of her relatives have had breast or ovarian cancer, and at what age. From June, this threshold will be halved to 10%.
Diana Eccles, a professor of cancer genetics at Southampton University, who also works at the NHS’s genetic testing centre, said: “NICE’s guidance means that you won’t need to have such a strong family history [of breast and ovarian cancer] to get genetically tested, so more people will be able to access it.”
However, some experts believe that the 35 NHS genetic testing centres will not be able to cope with an expansion in the number of women eligible to go there. Diana Eccles added: “…lots of the 35 genetic centres don’t have enough staff to offer it to everyone. We are pretty busy at the current level of activity. If the level of activity doubles or trebles as a result of the guidance, we might struggle to deliver a timely service. People may have to wait for an appointment. There will be funding needed.”
“Some years ago, before services were sufficient to cope, people would wait for maybe a year for an appointment. That has changed with investment. My concern is that long waits could start to happen again.”
At the moment, women considered at high risk of breast cancer wait for up to eighteen weeks to be tested.
For more information, please see this article in the Guardian.