patients supporting patients
because we’ve been there
Welcome to Oxford Breast Buddy Group (OBBG).
We’re a local support group run by people with experience of breast cancer for anyone affected by breast cancer.
OBBG is the brainchild of Miss P. G. Roy, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals, UK and Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Oxford. Miss Roy recognised the psychological, emotional and practical needs of her patients, which often went beyond those provided by statutory authorities. Together, with several patients, she set up OBBG in 2015, gaining charitable status in 2016.
We aim to provide psychological, emotional and practical support to people who have had, or are undergoing treatment for, breast cancer.
What we offer
Monthly meetings are open to anyone affected by breast cancer. Most meetings have guest speakers who cover a wide range of topics. Some meetings are informal ‘coffee and chat’ mornings, offering the chance for those affected by breast cancer to come together.
You can find this year’s meeting schedule on the Meetings tab.
Support for each other
Our Support Service offers confidential one-to-one, peer support to people faced with the prospect of treatment for breast cancer, as judged appropriate by their clinician.
Our buddies are volunteers from within the group, who have already had treatment. The level of support will depend on what the two individuals feel comfortable with each other.
Mindfulness can be an effective tool to help with the psychological impact of breast cancer. We offer group members the opportunity to take part in a 10 week Mindfulness course in Oxford.
Breast care nurse
The group members have direct access to a breast care nurse who will respond to phone queries within 48 hours (excluding weekends).
This is a private on-line space for members to share their thoughts and participate in discussions. The topics are at the discretion of members but will be monitored by our committee to ensure appropriateness.
Private Facebook group
OBBG has a private Facebook group. To apply to join, please complete the contact form below.
Here’s what our members say
I found it really helpful to discuss my forthcoming surgery with someone who had already been through a similar experience… it is reassuring to find out that you are not the only one.
Health is something which is different for everyone. You don’t really know in advance what you will need in the way of support…
I am normally a stiff-upper lip person but to my surprise after my diagnosis I felt that I wanted to talk to everyone about it whether they wanted to know or not! I wanted sympathy and I found it with the OBBG.
How you recover afterwards is the biggest thing. After family and friends see you looking well without realising it they no longer provide the same level of support and we all need someone to talk to.