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Five UK hospitals are asking their patients with secondary breast cancer how they feel about the support and services available locally. The survey is part of the Secondary Breast Cancer Pledge, a partnership between Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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All older breast cancer patients should have the information they need about their treatment, in the way that they wish to receive it.

This was one of the main discussion points at a high-level roundtable meeting in Westminster this week. It was held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group...

Every year just over 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer.

To help support them, we've worked with more than 200 younger women and breast cancer specialists to develop a set of the...

Two powerful groups of MPs and peers with a special interest in breast and ovarian cancer have come together to talk about improving services for people with a family history of the cancers.

As clinical nurse specialist for family history and breast health at Breast Cancer Care, I went to...

 A woman who has been through breast cancer treatment twice told MPs she felt privileged to be able to give something back to others: ‘…to improve treatment and their experiences of treatment is really important to me.’

Tamsin was speaking at the House of Commons in Westminster last...

To ensure MPs and members of the House of Lords know about Breast Cancer Care and the work we do,  we held an event at the House of Commons last Tuesday. Such events are vitally important so that we can call on these influential people to keep breast cancer on the political health agenda....

Patient advocacy at the Advanced Breast Cancer 2 (ABC2) International Consensus Conference

Advanced breast cancer is widely misunderstood by the public, and people affected by it often feel isolated and unsupported. This was the loud and clear message from the...

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond this week helped us mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our 40th year, hosting a reception at Edinburgh Castle.

Mr Salmond congratulated us on the support we provide to thousands of people affected by breast cancer across Scotland. He also...

A new system of pricing branded medicines, known as value-based pricing (VBP), is due to start from January 2014. The aim is to give NHS patients better access to effective and innovative medicines.

However, there's still time for us to highlight the particular needs and issues of people...

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) launches it report Age is just a number. It makes recommendations about tackling the issues surrounding inequality in treatment, services and support available to older people with breast cancer.

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As our Policy and Campaigns team presented our research, campaigns and services work to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer last month, other Breast Cancer Care staff were at a conference for healthcare...

Our Policy and Campaigns team has been hard at work talking about our Spotlight on Secondary Breast Cancer campaign.

This month we spoke about issues surrounding secondary breast cancer to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) and at a conference...

Volunteer for us, and you could find yourself talking to a committee of MPs and Peers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

That’s what happened to Judy Dadswell, who’s been a one-to-one telephone support volunteer...

We're hearing that older people with breast cancer may not be receiving the level and type of support, treatment and information they need, as we outlined in our 2011 policy briefing Improving outcomes and experiences for older women with breast cancer.

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With local healthcare services rapidly changing, the ways in which people can get involved in shaping them is also altering. From 1 April, a new local consumer service called Healthwatch will be set up in every city and county council in the country, funded by local authorities. 

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A Parliamentary inquiry into how older people with breast cancer are treated and cared for wants people to come forward and talk about their experiences.

The inquiry is being held by the ...

Our Chief Executive, Samia al Qadhi, in joint charity approach

Breast Cancer Care’s Chief Executive Samia al Qadhi has met with Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight important breast cancer issues.

Samia visited 10 Downing Street on 8 January with the CEOs of the charities...

If so, thank you!

We asked you to tweet your MP, AM or MSP to let them know about Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and ask them to encourage your local Cancer Network to sign up to our ...

We’re a member of the Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG), a coalition of around 50 cancer charities who campaign for better services for people with cancer and their families.

You might...

Patient information. It sounds like a simple concept, but it draws in a spider’s web of ideas, challenges, systems and technologies that the NHS has been struggling to bring together for a long time now.

Understanding that this is a tangle helps to answer the question:

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13 October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day. We know people living with secondary breast cancer don’t always receive the best standards of care. That’s why we run a campaign to push for improvements – our Spotlight...

A policy initiative to influence the care of women with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer

Treatment developments mean that many women with secondary breast cancer are living longer. But the support services to help them live well with their disease have not kept pace.

In 2006...

Many of you in Scotland will this week have seen a breast awareness TV advert featuring Scottish actress Elaine C Smith.

It’s the first advert in the UK to show real images of women’s breasts with visible signs of breast cancer. It’s part of the Scottish Government’s...

The Disability Benefits Consortium, to which we belong, is a national coalition of more than 50 charities and other organisations working for a fair benefits system....

During 2012 we are developing a new campaign on body image and breast cancer. We know that body image and body confidence after breast cancer are important issues for many people.

We’ve set up an advisory group of people affected by breast cancer, researchers, clinicians and voluntary...

We’re members of the Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG), a coalition of around 50 charities who are campaigning for better services for people with cancer and their families. The CCG is...

We’re proud to announce that our latest campaign, Support for the woman behind the cancer, has been nominated for a Body Confidence Award. The nomination is in the ‘Advertising’ category at the first...

Responding to MPs’ rejection of the House of Lords’ amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Commons today (Wednesday 1 February 2012), Liz Carroll, Director of Policy and Research at Breast Cancer Care said:

'Today’s rejection by MPs of the Lords’ amendments to...

The Lords have backed important amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill currently going through parliament, including rejecting government plans to effectively place a time-limit on how quickly cancer patients must recover. However, the Bill will go back to the House of Commons in February where...

Breast Cancer Care volunteer and fundraiser Claire Jordan has met with her MP Chris Grayling to talk about what she does for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Care’s campaigns. Here, Claire talks about her experience.

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Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, has responded to our policy briefing ...

Breast Cancer Care reacts to the House of Lords’ defeat of proposed amendments to Employment Support Allowance for people with cancer.

Liz Carroll, Director of Policy and Research at Breast Cancer Care said:

'We applaud peers for opposing the plans to cut Employment...

An open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, which was signed by 30 charities, including Breast Cancer Care, clinical experts and cancer patients, featured in The Times. The letter warns that thousands of cancer patients may be plunged into poverty by...

Breast Cancer Care, along with 30 of the UK’s leading cancer charities, clinical experts and cancer patients, has signed an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, raising concerns about the impact the Welfare Reform Bill will have on cancer...

Macmillan is calling for people to sign their petition to ‘Put the fair into welfare’. 

The Welfare Reform Bill is currently passing through Parliament. This contains, amongst other...

Breast Cancer Care has closely followed the discussions concerning equality and the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 as the Bill will potentially have a significant impact on the care of people with breast cancer. This briefing clarifies our position by outlining our concerns and...

Statement from Breast Cancer Care on a review of ten studies on the employment experiences of women with breast cancer published in the European Journal of Cancer Care.  The review found employers need to support women with breast cancer better ...

Breast Cancer Care has co-signed a letter with 40 other charities asking the NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson, to endorse Principles of Integrated Care - a document of 12 principles developed by patient organisations who are members of National Voices, the health and social care...

Improving outcomes and experiences for older women with breast cancer
Policy briefing launch reception
Thursday 17 November 2011, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Breast Cancer Care Central Office
5-13 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 ONS...

To mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day Annette Brooke MP hosted an event at Westminster for Breast Cancer Care. It was attended by more than 50 guests including women affected by breast cancer, healthcare...

Today is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and we’re marking it by holding two campaigning events at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh and the...

The event, In Perspective: body image after a breast cancer diagnosis has been postponed. We will update you when we have new details of the date and location.

Previous In Perspective events have looked at the issues of breast screening and the effects a breast cancer...

Thursday 13 October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and this morning, ahead of the event, we launched a new booklet for people living with a...

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day takes place on Thursday 13 October

To mark the day we will be pressing decision-makers at an event in Westminster to make sure everyone with secondary breast cancer has access to a clinical nurse specialist with the skills...

Wales came a step closer to publishing its own cancer strategy today when all the parties in the National Assembly voted in favour of a Plaid Cymru amendment calling for a National Cancer Plan.

With rates of breast cancer rising in Wales, as in England, it is more important than ever that...

The event, In Perspective: body image after a breast cancer diagnosis has been postponed. We will update you when we have new details of the date and location.

Our ‘In Perspective’ events bring together people working in health policy with people affected by breast cancer...

We reported on the Hardest Hit march earlier this year, a protest that brought together thousands of disabled people, their families and other campaign supporters to try and stop proposed cuts to benefit payments.

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If so, the Government is planning to limit the amount of time people can claim contributory Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) to just 12 months from April 2012.

Breast Cancer Care is campaigning to scrap this arbitrary time limit that we feel...

The Liberal Democrats are currently holding their annual party conference, where they have decided to support a motion calling on the Government to scrap plans to time-limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to 12 months.

Breast Cancer Care is pleased...

It's the UK’s second Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day on 13 October 2011 and, for people living with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, it really is the little things that can make a big difference in everyday life.

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In April of this year, we launched our ‘Keep our breast care nurses’ e-action. We asked people show their support for the role of the breast care nurse and to tell us how important their...

Today we open our new website to the public and we'd like to welcome everyone to the latest incarnation of www.breastcancercare.org.uk, whether you are old friends or new visitors.

We know it can sometimes take a while to find your way...

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is conducting a survey to collect information on what patients and the public think of the way their current guidance is presented. They have distributed a short...

Future Forum, the group tasked with setting out recommendations to the Government's ‘listening exercise' during the pause in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, have now published their report. Some of their recommendations included:

  • retaining the Health Secretary as the...

13 October will be Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and to mark the day this year, we’re producing a collection of the little things that make a big difference when you’re living with secondary breast cancer.

This guide to living with the disease was the idea of a group of women with...

Breast Cancer Care would like to invite you to:

In Perspective: Body image after a breast cancer diagnosis
Thursday 3 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Convocation Hall, Church House, London

Our ‘In Perspective’ events bring together people working in health policy with people...

Future Forum, the group tasked with setting out recommendations to the Government's ‘listening exercise' during the pause in the passage of the Health and Social...

Back in March, we, along with 30 other cancer charities, wrote to Iain Duncan-Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to outline our grave concerns about the proposed welfare reforms and their impact on cancer patients. This included the time-limiting of contributory ESA to a year,...

Today on the newsblog, Director of Policy and Research at Breast Cancer Care, Jane Hatfield, shares some exciting campaigning news...

'Following many years of campaigning by people with secondary breast cancer and Breast Cancer Care...

Breast Cancer Care, as past of the Cancer Campaigning Group, has raised serious concerns about the future of cancer networks, which we think are vital to ensuring cancer services do not suffer though the forthcoming period of NHS reforms.

Funding for cancer networks has only been assured...

The National Cancer Experience Survey 2010 measures the satisfaction of cancer patients with the level of care they received.

Results indicate that while cancer inpatients were significantly more satisfied with their care in hospital than inpatients generally, worse experiences were...

The Hardest Hit campaign, run by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the United Kingdom’s Disabled People's Council is holding a march on 11 May in London. Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express their concerns about the cuts threatening benefits...

The Hardest Hit campaign, run by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the United Kingdom’s Disabled People's Council is holding a march on 11 May in London. Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express their concerns about the...

Breast Cancer Care has a wide network of healthcare professionals, the majority of whom are breast care nurses. We have been hearing more and more often that breast care nurses (also known as clinical nurse specialists) are being forced to limit the...

Breast Cancer Care, along with 29 other cancer charities, has written an open letter to the secretary of state for work and pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to urge him to reconsider his welfare reform plans that...

On 27 January, the Policy and Campaigns team held the second in a new series of events that brings together people working in health policy with people affected by breast cancer to discuss key breast cancer issues.

Breast cancer and low-income households: In Perspective focussed on the...

Today saw the publication of the Department of Health (DH) cancer strategy, Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer.

Thanks to the dedication of the Secondary...

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer1 met with the Prime Minister and Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow MP, last week to discuss issues around breast cancer.

Co-Chairs of the Group, Annette Brooke, MP and Steve Brine, MP joined representatives from...