Women with breast cancer in the Scottish Borders will now be directed to a unique telephone service to help support them during a time when many feel isolated.
NHS Borders has started making referrals to Breast Cancer Care’s Someone Like Me service, enabling women to speak to a specially trained volunteer who has also had breast cancer and understands how they may feel.
The partnership between Breast Cancer Care and NHS Borders will mean more women across the area will be able to access vital emotional support when they need it. Someone Like Me allows people to talk with someone who has experience of the same issues, which can be a great source of information and support.
Angela Harris, services co-ordinator at Breast Cancer Care, said: “Often people diagnosed want to protect those close to them from their worries, so it’s wonderful to launch a partnership with NHS Borders to ensure that local women are accessing valuable free support.
“When you’re facing breast cancer, talking to someone who’s been there can really help. The service matches people who have been in a similar situation and gives them the chance to talk openly, whether about treatment decisions or coping with the shock of a diagnosis.”
Kirsty Wallace, Cancer Information and Support Manager at NHS Borders, said: “The Someone Like Me service enhances person centered care as it gives people affected by breast cancer an additional avenue of support, on a one to one basis, with someone who has been through a similar experience.
“Patients who we have referred to the service have told us how valuable this type of support is during difficult times. The service also supports carers and partners which is something that is often forgotten about.”
Every year around 4,500 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland.
The Someone Like Me service is for people who have or have had primary breast cancer and their partners, family and friends. To contact the service get in touch on 0345 077 1893 or emailing email@example.com.