That’s 31 people every day. Pledge your support and join us on 13 October to raise awareness on Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Also known as advanced, stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer, a secondary diagnosis is when breast cancer has spread to another part of the body, such as the lungs, liver, bones, or brain. While treatable, the impact is life-changing, from waiting for scan results to dealing with treatment, coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis and managing side effects of long-term hormone therapy. That's why we're campaigning with our Manifesto for Change.
We know that many people with secondary breast cancer receive care which is inferior to the care that is received by people with primary breast cancer. Together we can campaign for the care and support they need, when they need it.
'David’s one of the only people who completely gets the implication of a secondary diagnosis, from an emotional point of view.'
Throughout our Secondary. Not Second Rate. campaign we've put together reports of the standards of care for people living with secondary breast cancer.
Being told I had incurable secondary breast cancer felt like going into the abyss. It is hugely isolating. What I need most is emotional and psychological support, yet I still don’t have a specialist nurse.