The group was started by four breast cancer patients at Ashford Hospital with the help of Macmillan Nurses. They felt that there was a real need for patients to have a place where they could talk with others who had been treated for, or who were undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as getting support and advice about their illness.
The four patients who initiated the setting up of the group attended support groups either in Windsor or Hillingdon and knew how beneficial it was to be able to talk with other patients; two of these patients are still involved with the group. The very first meeting was opened by the comedian Tom O’Connor.
The ABC Support Group is now the longest running group for Breast Cancer patients in the South East of England. It has evolved over the years to offer an annual programme of events, including taster sessions for complementary therapies, talks by medical staff on new treatments, and various social evenings and events.
Our regular informal meetings are held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.