Cambridge breast cancer survivor runs rehabilitation programme for women

A breast cancer survivor from Cambridge is running a special rehabilitation programme for women affected by the disease.

Sheila Kissane-Marshall has opened up about the importance of nutrition, exercise and mindfulness during a 12-week Bosom Buddies course.

Sheila, the founder of Bosom Buddies said: "We start with a half an hour talk about nutrition, the importance of a healthy breakfast, how to have healthy snacks, planning your meals, good nutritional food.

“And then we do our physical activity. We are really helping people's mental health, we are helping them physically to get back into life - their new normal, whatever that may be."

Sheila has the backing of Professor Dame Sally Davies. Former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government.

The programme is getting support from high profile members of the medical profession Credit: ITV Anglia News

Professor Dame Sally Davies - Master of Trinity College, Cambridge said: "We all know more and more people are getting cancer these days and many more are cured but we have to live with it and what helps us live with it, prevent a recurrence, and get back into our lives?"

She continued: "It's groups like this, Bosom Buddies. As for the dancing well, I'm not very good at it but I got quite a workout."

The programme is in its infancy but the results to date are encouraging. Women have been reporting a 55 per cent reduction in anxiety and a 46 per cent decrease in depression.