Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Breast Unit Fund
Our breast service in Aneurin Bevan is one of the busiest in Wales, seeing over 5000 patients a year with around 500 cancers being detected each year. 1 in 8 people will be affected by breast cancer in Torfaen.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are at the forefront of delivering ground breaking progress in the diagnosis and treatment of Breast Cancer, and are currently building a dedicated Breast Care Unit in YYF.
‘The Friends of the ABUHB Breast Unit’ are made up of breast cancer survivors, who have been through the breast service and feel passionate about having an improved service. Unlike in the past, breast cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. The past two decades have seen major advances in new surgical techniques, radiation approaches, and drugs for breast cancer, making it a physical illness that can potentially be fully cured. With such advances, our groups focus is on the healing of the patient holistically, taking into consideration their psychological, social, and spiritual well-being, and involving the family. Our New Breast Unit is striving towards this goal by instituting a better holistic environment to aid anxious waiting for diagnosis and recovery. Hence, for breast cancer patients, the diagnosis may be initially overwhelming, but the journey and nursing back to health need not be a lonely one with the support of interventions funded by the work of our group.
The group are tirelessly fundraising for internal items for the new unit to enhance facilities to benefit thousands of women, men and their families for years to come. Already just over £60,000 has been received, but the group have plans to involve the whole community to reach their target.
The aim is to have a less clinical environment, with custom designed rooms. The unit is designed to ‘help build psychological confidence, for patients to live life to its full potential - not merely as a cancer survivor’.
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