THE LONG-TERM ASPIRATION OF THE SUPPORT “ARM” OF FUTURE DREAMS, IS RAISING FUNDS
TO OPEN FUTURE DREAMS HOUSE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BREAST CANCER HAVEN. THIS WILL BE
THE LARGEST BREAST CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE IN CENTRAL LONDON. FUTURE DREAMS SHARE
BREAST CANCER HAVENS PASSION IN PROVIDING VITAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE THAT NEED IT IN
THE HERE AND NOW.
“Future dreams house will provide a lifeline to those women who are recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment, coping with the issues of survivorship or tackling the deverstating news that they have had a relapse. The location in Central London should allow more patients to use these vitally-needed services, Patients will benefit from it as soon as the doors open.”
Breast Surgeon UCH/Wellington Hospital
Future Dreams House, home of Breast Cancer Haven will be a safe place for women who feel they have been robbed of their individuality, confidence and strength by cancer; the centre’s tailored package of support will help her get them back. These therapies will address the physical and emotional symptoms and side effects of each woman’s medical treatment.
Perhaps the most vital function of FDH is to provide a non-medical environment in which, as well as accessing support services, women can form friendships and networks that will allow them to take on this disease from a place of solidarity and empowerment.
The central location, will allow more patients based in central, North and East London, to utilise the much-needed services provided, completely free of charge.
The campaign to open FUTURE DREAMS HOUSE has never been more pressing. Breast Cancer Haven will be in need of a new London Base from 2019, when the lease on its Fulham Flagship centre expires.
Emotional support including support groups and one-to-one counselling for the visitor and their family. These can range psychological support, practical support and touch therapies. Function support will include image workshops, life-coaching, financial advice and nutritional advice.
Physical touch therapies offered are acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy massage, nutritional therapy and hypnotherapy. Lymphoedema affects 25% of people with breast cancer - this can be helped with a specific form of lymphoedema massage and exercises.
Exercise and healthy eating are two key factors recognized worldwide in both reducing the incidence of as well the recurrence of breast cancer. Exercise in groups and classes include Nordic walking, gentle yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi. Helping people gain confidence to get moving both during and after breast cancer treatment is an important part of their ongoing wellbeing. Healthy eating advice given individually, in cookery workshops and demonstrations as well as healthy lunches being provided in Breast Cancer Haven kitchen.
“The entire breast cancer journey is filled with fear and trepidation for pateints and their loved ones and to have some place away from the clinical environment, where patients and their loved ones can just sit and ask some very pertinent questions is a definite necessity. In a very busy NHS clinic, time can be limited and patients may feel that have not had sufficient time to ask their clinical team all the questions.”
Breast Cancer Nurse
Breast Cancer Haven services are now available at the Whittington Hospital and University College Hospital London, this has been made by possible by the generous funding from Future Dreams.
This financial assistance enables Breast Cancer Haven to offer its tailored pack of emotional, physical and practical support for those that need it in the here and now.
“Future Dreams Outreach service by Breast Cancer Haven at The Whittington enables us to provide a greater holistic approach to our patient care. This significantly improves the experience of our patients, many of whom are young women undergoing difficult treatments whilst juggling the needs of family and career.
The ability to offer complementary therapies, counselling services, nutritional advice and others, without patients having to travel more than about half an hour, is a huge complement to our service.”
DR EMMA SPURRELL
Consultant Medical Oncologist. Whittington Health
“We are showing women that Breast Cancer does not always take away from their lives. They are automatically enrolled in a community of women learning from and supporting each other.
Knowing that although no woman is left un-changed by the disease, many women learn how strong they really are and become more proud and self-assured.
Having space to express fear or grumble and complain without frightening partners, friends and family, in a place where sensible reassurance is on hand or just understanding of how tough things are from people who know, is invaluable.”
MUIREANN KELLEHER Consultant Medical Oncologist St George’s Univeristy Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Outreach support is available from the following centres. You can choose the most convenient location to you:
The Whittington Hospital, Archway - Fridays – 10am to 4pm (From Friday 2nd June 2017)
UCLH, Fitzrovia - Once a month on Tuesdays from 5.30–7pm from 25th April. A Breast Cancer Haven specialist counsellor will run a secondary breast cancer support group. Check our website for details
Breast Cancer Haven, Fulham - Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm, Wednesday evenings and one Saturday per month
Just call to make an appointment on: 020 3906 1406