10 January 2019

Leading support charity Breast Cancer Care has today (Wednesday 9 January 2019) launched an online toolkit for secondary breast cancer nurses across the UK, to support them to develop and improve the nursing service they offer to patients.

Following the charity’s 2018 report sharing current best practice in secondary breast cancer care, nurses will now have immediate access to examples of successful and innovative strategies being implemented in other hospitals.1

The online toolkit also offers a portal of useful time-saving resources and templates, alongside valuable practical guidance, to help nursing teams develop support services that maximise the benefit for patients.

And with the absence of exact UK figures for people with secondary breast cancer making it challenging to plan care services effectively, the new toolkit offers tips and guidance for gathering evidence and recording those diagnosed each year and living with the disease.

Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist for secondary breast cancer at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“We’ve been running our Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing group for almost six years, bringing together experts across the UK, and we’re delighted to now be able to offer a digital toolkit of support and resources.

“This online toolkit will help nurses and their teams to set up and develop support services for people living with secondary breast cancer, as well as offering tools to identify the number of patients with secondary breast cancer within the hospital or gathering feedback.

“By working together we can ensure everyone affected by secondary breast cancer receives the highest standards of specialist nursing care.”

The free Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Toolkit can be accessed at www.breastcancercare.org.uk in the Healthcare Professionals area.

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Notes to editors

1 Setting the standard for care: Current best practice in secondary breast cancer, Breast Cancer Care, March 2018

It’s estimated there are around 35,000 people with secondary breast cancer in the UK. Yip, K., McConnell, H., Alonzi, R., & Maher, J. (2015). Using routinely collected data to stratify prostate cancer patients into phases of care in the United Kingdom: implications for resource allocation and the cancer survivorship programme. British Journal of Cancer.

This Breast Cancer Care project is supported by a charitable donation from Pfizer Limited. Pfizer has not had any control over the content.

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Sophie Softley Pierce, Press and PR Manager, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3505; Out of hours 07702 901 334

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About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk