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Reading Bladder Cancer Support Group Trust

Who are we?

We are a support group for men and women who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer and, importantly, also for their carers and partners. Support provided includes the opportunity to talk to other group members about their treatment choices and life after bladder cancer as well as to put questions to our medical guest speakers. We offer social events too.

Where and when do we meet

We meet at St Andrews Church Hall at the corner of Craven and London Roads, Reading, RG1 5BD, close to the main entrance of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. We meet monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm (Please refer to the "Meetings Programme"). At our monthly group meetings we invite a variety of speakers including consultants, nursing staff and medical equipment suppliers.

New members

New members are most welcome. Membership is FREE to patients, carers and partners. Many of our members first attend a meeting after diagnosis and before treatment. They find that listening to the experiences of other members is very helpful at this critical and very worrying time.  

Our objectives

We aim to provide support for men and women diagnosed with bladder cancer, their carers and their partners. We achieve this by offering information, support and help in an informal social setting where members can converse at regular meetings. We offer a 'befriending' service to newly diagnosed patients and those undergoing treatment. Please contact us for more information.

Nurse specialists

We work closely with our Royal Berkshire Hospital clinical nurse specialist who attends many of our meetings.

Medical information

The information that we can give is based on the experiences and treatments of members but we always recommend that patients see a urology and/or an oncology consultant for advice on treatment specific to them. Note that you may have your treatment at any hospital, not just the one nearest to you.

History

Our group was founded by the Royal Berkshire Hospital in October 2012 and currently we have around 60 members. We gained charitable status in January 2018.

Contacts

Rob Stanton - 07885 114 232 - rob.stanton@readingbladdercancersupport.org.uk

Ken Livett - 07443 530 904 - ken.livett@readingbladdercancersupport.org.uk

Barbara Chandler - 07912 846 984 - barbara.chandler@readingbladdercancersupport.org.uk

James Overy - 07879 061 847 - james.overy@readingbladdercandersupport.org.uk