Spire Bushey Hospital specialist breast care nurse Alina Caruntu runs the Pink Petal Club, a breast cancer patient support group, with chemotherapy nurse Agata Skrzpulec.
The club was set up in October 2012 after patients expressed that they wanted the opportunity to talk to other women going through the same situation about their experiences and discuss complex issues they couldn’t necessarily talk about with their family and friends.
Pink Petal meetings take place every month allowing women to talk openly about any issues or worries they may have. It is open to women of all ages, and female family and friends are welcome to support and join in.
The club holds many charitable events, such as charity fashion shows with clothes modelled by breast cancer patients. Other activities and events which are held on a regular basis include guest speakers who have been invited to attend, including consultant breast surgeons, answering patient questions, in a relaxed informal atmosphere. Nutritionists, dentists and hairdressers have also given their expert opinion on diet and foods to eat or avoid and how to look after hair with the focus on during and after chemotherapy.
“I am very happy to be able to make such a difference to our breast cancer patients and I’m touched to have received so many thank-you emails from the women attending. I am so glad that the Pink Petal Club has proved so helpful and informative to patients. It means so much to me that they appreciate the club and attend and support one another. I am so thankful for all the support and help I have received since starting the club, I could not do it on my own!”
For more information on the Pink Petal Club, please call Elstree Cancer Centre on 020 8236 9040.
Watch the short video below full of patient testimonials and pictures of Alina and the members of the Pink Petal Club.