Bosom Friends was formed in the early 1990s by two women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. A breast cancer diagnosis is frightening and overwhelming and the founders wanted to ensure that others in Oxfordshire would not experience the same isolation they felt following their diagnosis and subsequent treatment. They wanted to provide support to patients, former patients, their partners, relatives and friends. Now in its third decade, Bosom Friends is still going strong, now in a permanent venue, and continues to give support to women, and their families, at this difficult time.
Who We Are
Bosom Friends is a breast cancer support group for people who have been affected by breast cancer and who live in and around the Oxford area.
Our group, which meets once a month, aims to be friendly and informal. It isn’t a group therapy gathering – which is usually a more formal group, generally run by professionals, where people are encouraged to express personal feelings as part of their treatment.
All our members have all been diagnosed with breast cancer, some of us are currently undergoing treatment, and many of us have completed treatment for breast cancer in the past.
We are, therefore, in a good position to offer support, comfort and understanding to each other and, should you find yourself with a breast cancer diagnosis, to YOU.
We aim to offer practical help and suggestions, useful and up-to-date information. As we are now affiliated with Maggie's, should you need specific advice we can ‘signpost’ you to the professionals here at Maggie's and other appropriate services.
We can also offer an understanding voice, in confidence, at the end of the phone should you need it.
Bosom Friends’ Monthly Meetings
Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month (excluding bank holidays) from 2 – 3.30pm, at the Maggie's Centre, on the Churchill Hospital site in Headington, Oxford, where you will find a calming cuppa and a friendly face.
Meetings sometimes incorporate guest speakers. Past guest speakers have included breast care nurses, nutritionists, complementary therapists (for example reflexologists) - and even a published author!
Please see our Events page for details of forthcoming events, or telephone one of our friendly members on our Contacts page for more information or to let us know you would like to come to along.
You are warmly invited to join us for a cuppa and a chat. All are welcome and we look forward to meeting you.