While we offer unique services for women with secondary breast cancer, we know that most people are still not receiving the ongoing, specialised support they need when they are diagnosed with this disease.
Incurable shouldn't mean unsupported. We want everyone diagnosed to have a Secondary Support Package from the point of diagnosis to help them to live well with breast cancer.
My whole life and the lives of those around me fell apart and changed forever. Following my diagnosis, in the space of a 20-minute consultation, I felt I lost my identity and my future with those I love.
Jo, diagnosed aged 40
A Secondary Support Package would give each patient:
of hospital organisations in England, Scotland and Wales do not give people access to a dedicated secondary breast care nurse.
of hospital organisations across the UK could not tell us how many secondary breast cancer patients are currently under their care.
of hospital organisations across the UK do not assess people’s emotional and physical needs when diagnosed and as their treatment changes.
Throughout our Secondary. Not Second Rate. campaign we've put together reports of the standards of care for people living with secondary breast cancer.
We will be campaigning to make sure this includes investment to ensure additional secondary breast cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists can be recruited and trained.
We will be making the case to ensure data is routinely collected in order to identify how to improve support for people with secondary breast cancer.
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