Some men like to establish contact with other men who have been treated for breast cancer after being diagnosed, during treatment or in the time which follows. Loved ones may also have a need for contact. Contact with peers offers the possibility to share experiences, exchange information and ask questions. You can read more about the opportunities for peers, for patients and loved ones at the Dutch Breast Cancer Society (BVN) and Kanker.nl below.
Contact options via the Dutch Breast Cancer Society (BVN)
The Dutch Breast Cancer Society offers various contact opportunities:
Ask a question Questions from men with breast cancer or loved ones to the Breast Cancer Association, also about contact with peers, can be asked here. Please refer to your treating doctor and/or nursing specialist for medical questions. Read more information about asking a question here: https://borstkanker.nl/nl/stel-je-vraag
One-on-one contact via the database: The database can establish contact with a man who has had a similar experience. Contact via email or telephone is possible. Read more information about one-on-one contact via the database here: https://borstkanker.nl/nl/Een-op-een-contact
Telephone contact via the experience line: The experience line is for telephone contact with peers. The line can be reached on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 12.30 pm on telephone number (030) 291 72 20. Read more information about the experience line here: https://borstkanker.nl/nl/ervaringslijn
- Belgian volunteer organisation with a blog and the possibility to contact peers: www.borstkankerman.be
Representation of the Dutch Breast Cancer Society (BVN)’s men’s expert group.
The men’s expert group is part of the Dutch Breast Cancer Society. This group consists of a small group of men who have been treated for breast cancer themselves. The expert group is committed to contacting peers, improving information provision, increasing awareness of breast cancer among men in the Netherlands and Europe and improving the quality of care for men with breast cancer.
More information about advocacy of the Dutch Breast Cancer Society’s men’s expert group can be read here: https://borstkanker.nl/nl/informatie-en-steun
Questions to the men’s expert group can be emailed to: [email protected]
Contact opportunities via Kanker.nl
You can easily find peers on kanker.nl (https://www.kanker.nl/personen), you can talk to each other in discussion groups (https://www.kanker.nl/discussiegroepen (https://www.kanker.nl/discussiegroepen) and you can read blogs or start one yourself (https://www.kanker.nl/blogs).
In the agenda on this website there are activities such as workshops and symposiums, which can be interesting for men with breast cancer and loved ones and where it’s also possible to meet other men who have been treated for breast cancer and loved ones. New activities for men with breast cancer and loved ones can be registered by sending an email to: [email protected]
Here you can register for a peer group on Facebook for men with or after breast cancer:https://www.facebook.com/groups/344843659309429/