Moving On Group

The Moving On Group (MOG) is a peer support group for patients, who have recently finished their breast cancer treatment.

This is a six week programme, held every Friday afternoon at the Breast Care Unit from 1pm – 3.30pm. There is a maximum of 7 patients in each group.

The group is a great way of getting support from other patients who have been through breast cancer. It is run by our Macmillan Counsellor, Michelle Quick Reg MBACP, and one of our Breast Care Nurses, Mary Costelloe.

Topics covered are feelings and emotions, moving forward, breast awareness, lymphoedema awareness, mindfulness. We also cover diet and exercise, body image and sexuality, fatigue and sleep.

If you would like to join, please call 01803 655634, leaving your name and hospital number and we will invite you to our next available programme.


Session 1:

Introduction to the course and ground rules

  • Getting to know each other/hopes and expectations for the group
  • Issues arising at the end of treatment
Session 2:

Feedback / review

Looking after your physical health:

  • Fatigue and sleep
  • Nutrition and healthy eating
Session 3:

Feedback / review

Looking after your psychological health:

  • Understanding our emotions
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Skills for managing emotions
Session 4:

Feedback / review

  • Cognitive Impairment after cancer
  • Exercise and activity
Session 5:

Feedback / review

  • Breast awareness
  • Lymphoedema awareness


  • Communication
  • Body image and sexuality
Session 6:

Feedback / review

Moving on:

  • Positive outcomes after cancer / steps to wellbeing
  • Course review / managing setbacks
  • Community links
  • Evaluation

Moving on with Art

Moving on with Art logo

Moving on with Art, is a group for patients who have recovered from breast cancer treatment. The group will be run by one member of staff ( Nurse Mary Costelloe) who will support on the day.

Some local artist including previous breast care unit patients will be donating their time to run the group in the new year starting on 12 January 2024 at Rowcroft hospice outpatients. Rowcroft have kindly offered us a lovely room where 10 – 15 patients can get together to try something new.

We know from the Moving On Group that peer support is really helpful in recovery.

The group is free, there is free parking on site and beautiful grounds.

We would like to thank everyone involved, Rowcroft and especially the artists who have offered to teach Art to our patients.

The “Finding Peace of Mind” course will run over the same 7 week period and aims to help breast cancer survivors achieve a calm feeling of stillness through meditation. Each week they will be introduced to a different method to help them find a path that works for them.

Sessions comprise of an introduction to the method, brief and gentle asana practice, breath work, relaxation, meditation time and the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of each method. The objective is to enable each participant to create space in their lives for a regular meditation practice that suits them.

We are really happy and excited about this new service.

Please do contact Mary Costelloe if you would be interested in these programmes on 01803 655634, leaving your name, contact telephone number and hospital number.