As a healthcare professional you know more than anyone that a breast cancer diagnosis changes everything and that people can feel overwhelmed, scared and alone. So we want to work closely with you to help ensure your patients get the best support, information and care. We offer expert, tailored and friendly support services to enhance and complement the care you provide. We’re here to listen, understand, care and help people move forward with more confidence when hospital-based treatment has finished.
We publish a wide range of patient information covering topics from breast awareness through to moving forward after treatment for breast cancer. All our publications have been reviewed by experts in the field, and are free to order and download from our website.
To understand the benefits of Moving Forward we assessed its impact on participants, the NHS and wider society. Our research found that people who attend Moving Forward:
- Experience improved quality of life
- Have reduced levels of concern and improved emotional wellbeing
- Have improved self-confidence and are better able to manage their health
Moving Forward also provides significant social returns on investment. For every £1 spent on Moving Forward, the value to society is equal to £4.50.
We want to help improve communication between breast and fertility clinics, ensuring all young women have the opportunity to discuss their fertility preservation options before treatment.
We’ve developed the following resources to help you initiate a discussion and make a referral to a fertility clinic.
You can download these PDFs to your computer, or print them out. The referral form can also be filled out on your computer, so you can save it and email a copy to the fertility specialist. We recommend making a copy for each patient.
We recommend using these resources alongside our booklet Fertility and breast cancer treatment.
Standards of care
To support the delivery of excellent patient care, we have developed pioneering standards of care for younger women in our free booklet, Care and support for younger women with breast cancer (BCC303), Standards of care for patients with secondary breast cancer, and breast prosthesis fitting services standards. All of them aim to help healthcare professionals working in these fields.
Our range of policy briefings cover topics related to the care and support of people affected by breast cancer. You can also follow our response to government consultations on issues such as end of life care and the Cancer Drug Fund.
Secondary breast cancer resources
The secondary breast cancer toolkit
The secondary breast cancer toolkit was developed in response to requests from members of our Nursing Network. This was designed as a framework for developing and improving clinical services for metastatic breast cancer.
Secondary. Not Second Rate best practice report
Breast Cancer Care’s Secondary. Not Second Rate. campaign gathered evidence and highlighted a number of inadequacies in the care and support of people living with secondary breast cancer.
The report puts forward potential solutions to the challenges identified in our campaign, presenting work around the UK and internationally that demonstrates better care and support in the areas of diagnosis, data collection, support, as well as nursing care.
Key findings include:
- Some breast care teams are using a range of methods that ensure primary breast cancer patients are aware of the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer, aiding earlier diagnosis and treatment.
- Teams who have taken active steps towards addressing key barriers in data collection have seen vast improvements in patient care and support.
- Maximising resources within and outside the hospital setting results in more efficient, streamlined models of care and improved patient experience.