When you ring our free Helpline or email in a question through the Ask Our Nurses service, it's likely to be one of our Clinical team who responds. They work alongside our sessional team made up of experienced nurses and specially trained workers.

All Breast Cancer Care's nurses have specialist knowledge of breast cancer and breast health. As well as the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses services, they are responsible for the clinical accuracy of all our print and online information. They are always on hand to provide press statements and interviews in response to breaking news and policy events, and offer clinical support across all our departments.

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Dr Emma Pennery, CBE, Clinical Director

Emma heads up the Nursing, Helpline and Publishing teams. Before joining Breast Cancer Care she worked as a senior clinical nurse specialist in the NHS.

She completed her PhD in 2005 and regularly sits on Department of Health, Royal College and UK trial advisory boards and project groups.

She was awarded a CBE in June 2014 for services to people affected by breast cancer.

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Rachel Rawson, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

Rachel helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in the survivorship phase of breast cancer, neuropathic pain, body image, sex and intimacy.


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Carolyn Rogers, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

Carolyn helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in the effect treatment can have on fertility, the management of menopausal symptoms and fear of recurrence.


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Grete Brauten-Smith, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Younger Women with Breast Cancer

Grete is our lead on younger women diagnosed with breast cancer. She advises on issues affecting this patient group and is involved in the development and delivery of our Younger Women Together service.

Grete feels strongly about younger women with breast cancer getting all the information they need about fertility preservation before starting treatment. She also feels passionate about supporting younger women in talking with their children about their diagnosis.


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Jane Murphy, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Primary Breast Cancer, Helpline and AON

Jane is our lead on primary breast cancer. She directly supports the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses email services, calling on more than 15 years' experience of providing information and support to people affected by cancer.


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Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Secondary Breast Cancer

Catherine leads on secondary breast cancer. She advises teams across Breast Cancer Care on issues affecting people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. She is involved with the development and delivery of our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer services.


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Addie Mitchell, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Breast Awareness and Breast Screening

Addie leads on breast awareness and screening, supporting all departments on this topic. She also has a special interest in managing lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment.

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Breast Care Nurses

Our breast care nurses have many years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and side effects of breast cancer, and together contribute daily to our Helpline and Ask Our Nurses email service. They also answer queries on our online discussion Forum and social media channels.