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The BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) group

Oxford Breast Reconstruction Awareness group

The BRA group is a support group set up by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department for women who have either previously undergone or are currently awaiting or considering breast reconstruction.

This may be following cancer treatment, or following surgery to reduce the risk of cancer in high-risk patients.

Our team consists of medical and non-medical staff with a common goal to strive for clinical excellence and an optimised patient experience.

What we do

New patient

We will talk you through what's involved in your procedure and introduce you to patients who have previously been through a similar procedure.

Previous patient

We will serve as a patient support group. The group will provide a forum to meet other people who have gone through a similar experience; it is a chance to make new friends, discuss any further surgery you may be considering, observe the technique of nipple tattooing, get involved in fundraising for the group and help guide new patients through the process.

At present, due to the format of the meetings, we regret that they are for women only. We recognise the important contribution that partners/friends provide and patients are encouraged to come along with a female relative or friend.

Our charity is currently raising money to fund the production of an informative DVD for male partners.

BRA Group leaflet (pdf, 329 KB)

When and where do we hold our meetings?

Our meetings are on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, every 5 - 6 weeks. Please see the BRA Group leaflet for more information.

July 2020 - COVID-19 update

Please contact the Breast Reconstruction Nurses a couple of weeks in advance to check if we are able to go ahead.

2020 dates (TBC)

  • 30 July (TBC)
  • 10 September
  • 22 October
  • 3 December

Maggie's Centre, Churchill Hospital

What happens at the meetings?

If you are awaiting surgery, the meetings provide a relaxed atmosphere to talk about what to expect in and around the time of admission. You will meet other women embarking on similar surgery, and those who have previously been through the experience.

The bringing together of the two groups enables those who have undergone surgery to support, educate and counsel those awaiting surgery in a way that only they can. Our aim is that you go home, knowing everything you ever wanted to know about breast reconstruction.

The evenings are fun and relaxed and provide an opportunity to make friends and ask questions - no matter how trivial:

  • "What shall I bring in with me?"
  • "What is a 'bair hugger?'"
  • "When can I first have visitors?"
  • "What will happen the night before my surgery?"

Contact us

If you are currently under the care of the Plastic Surgery Department for previous or upcoming breast reconstruction surgery, and would like to attend one of our meetings, we would be delighted to hear from you.