Secondary breast cancer nursing toolkit

The secondary breast cancer nursing 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.

» Read the full report here

Patient information booklets for people with secondary breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer in the bone
Information about bone metastases, including diagnosis, symptoms and treatments.

Secondary breast cancer in the brain
Information about brain metastases, including diagnosis, symptoms and treatments.

Secondary breast cancer in the liver
Information about liver metastases, including diagnosis, symptoms and treatments.

Secondary breast cancer in the lung
Information about lung metastases, including diagnosis, symptoms and treatments.

Secondary breast cancer information pack
Information for anyone diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. It may also be useful for family, friends or carers. The pack has three sections: information about diagnosis, treatments and living with secondary breast cancer; a personal organiser; and 
a booklet on difficult decisions and choices.

Secondary breast cancer personal organiser
An organiser for anyone with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer, for keeping a record of symptoms and side effects, as well as details of appointments. The Personal organiser is part of the Secondary breast cancer information pack.

Support for people living with secondary breast cancer
Details of the support and information services we offer for people with secondary breast cancer.