Around 11,400 people in the UK die from incurable, secondary breast cancer every year

Pledge your support

That’s 31 people every day. Pledge your support and help us campaign for better care.

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.


Our vision

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.


People really don't realise. They think "Oh that's it, finished." No, it's with you for life. Every time I go walking I think, will I see the bluebells next year?


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How you can help

Supporting someone with secondary breast cancer

Share Kate and David's story

'David’s one of the only people who completely gets the implication of a secondary diagnosis, from an emotional point of view.'

Debbie Abrahams MP

Meet your local politician

Ask your Member of Parliament, Welsh Assembly Member or Member of Scottish Parliament how they can help improve care and support

Share your story

Share your story

Sharing your story with your local newspaper or radio is a really powerful way to raise awareness amongst your community. 

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Download our reports

Throughout our Secondary. Not Second Rate. campaign we've put together reports of the standards of care for people living with secondary breast cancer.

Our research has found that the care and support that people living with the disease receive simply isn't good enough.

Campaigning for better care

Over half


of those with incurable breast cancer didn't know how to spot the signs and symptoms.

Two thirds


of Hospital Trusts in England don’t know how many of their patients have secondary breast cancer.

three quarters


of NHS Trusts and Health Boards say there is not enough specialist nursing care for people with secondary breast cancer.

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Our Manifesto for Change
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.
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Get support for living with secondary breast cancer

Get support

If you've had a secondary breast cancer diagnosis and would like information or support, find out more about our Living With Secondary Breast Cancer meet-ups.

Find out more

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