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Re: Chemo

Hi frannian

Thanks for posting.

Starting chemotherapy can seem quite daunting, especially when you have a young family. 

I’m sure you will have received a lot of information about having chemotherapy, however you may find our booklet on chemotherapy useful to read. We also have information on Talking with your children about breast cancer and a story book Mummy’s Lump which may be helpful.

The best information and tips often come from others who have been through a similar situation, so it can be handy to connect with them.  You can talk to another woman who had chemotherapy whilst their family were young through our our Someone Like Me service.  They can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support. You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0345 077 1893, or email them someone.likeme@breastcancernow.org so they can then match you to your volunteer. 

You can also connect with others here on the forums.  Whichever month you're beginning your chemotherapy, you can find others starting at the same time. There is a thread for those starting chemotherapy in September already set up here and there is also a thread Young women and Families here.  There’s also a thread Top tips to get you through chemotherapy.  This is an older thread as the forums now look a little different to when it was started, but has many practical tips from those having had chemotherapy in the past.

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.

Please be aware that we will be closed on Monday 31 August due to the bank holiday. 

Best wishes


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Starting chemo in 10 days for cancer that hasn’t spread, so preventative- very Greatful obviously but wondering if any tips - with a 3&4 year old xx