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Hereditary Breast Cancer

As well as supporting women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and who are considering immediate or delayed reconstruction, Keeping Abreast also supports those women considering elective reconstruction surgery due to a hereditary breast cancer risk or the discovery of a breast cancer gene.

This support is provided by Keeping Abreast volunteers who have hereditary breast cancer and who may have opted for elective reconstruction surgery themselves. These volunteers can offer support at local face-to-face Support Groups or can do this over the phone, via email, WhatsApp or similar. 

The hereditary breast reconstruction volunteers can help those women considering their options and choices who are facing elective breast-reconstruction surgery or who have discovered their hereditary breast cancer status after their reconstruction. This support also extends to their families.

Our aim is to help people build their support network so that they don’t feel they are facing these choices and situations alone. 

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Where we usually meet

We currently organise get togethers across East Anglia throughout the year; these are informal and usually take place in coffee shops or pubs.

Meeting dates

Please note:
The Nick Of Time Support Group is currently inactive. However, if you are facing risk reducing surgery and breast reconstruction following the discovery of a hereditary breast cancer gene, please contact us, as we can put you in touch with a Keeping Abreast Volunteer who has been through the same experience. You can reach us at: and on 01603 819113 and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Meeting times

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Please note that, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), face-to-face
Support Groups have been cancelled until further notice.

For support groups and fundraisers in the future, please check prior to attending on social media, our website or by phoning our office HQ (01603 819113) to see if they are taking place or not.


We are always on the look-out for volunteers to join us to help run our Support Groups so that we can offer support to
more women considering, facing and undergoing breast reconstruction.

Ideally we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about their
journeys, and also some individuals to help with the administrative side of things too!

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us here.

Get In Touch

  01603 819113

Keeping Abreast, Oak Lodge
Business Centre
129 School Lane,
Little Melton,
Norwich NR9 3LB

About Us

Keeping Abreast was established in September 2007 by patients Anna Beckingham and Beverley Birritteri and Breast Reconstruction nurse specialist Ruth Harcourt. They recognised a great need for women, both newly diagnosed with breast cancer and facing the possibility of mastectomy, and also women further down the line who are also considering reconstructive surgery, to be able to meet and talk to other women who have been through similar experiences. This allows women make an informed choice about whether or not to proceed with breast reconstruction.

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