There are so many uncertainties for women who have incurable secondary breast cancer, like Dawn.
They don’t know how many birthdays, celebrations or anniversaries they have left. They wonder whether they’ll be able to go on another holiday. Whether they’ll see many more of their children or grandchildren’s school plays. When their drugs will stop working.
We know that many people find they don’t have the right information and support when they are living with secondary breast cancer, despite the tremendous impact it has on their lives.
This is why we're campaigning for change – to make sure that women with secondary breast cancer no longer get second-rate care. These women already face so much uncertainty, we want to make sure that getting care and support is something they can be certain about.
We need your help to make this happen.
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There’s no one to help you through the uncertainty
If you're looking for support, we're here to help. We can help you connect with others who have secondary breast cancer, online or face to face so you feel more supported and less alone.
We want to make sure that women like Vicki, Dawn and Claire can be certain they will get the care and support that they need.
Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer is when breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones, liver, lungs or brain. Around 11,400 women die from secondary breast cancer each year. It can be treated and people can live with the disease for a number of years, but it is incurable.
We know that far too many women with secondary breast cancer aren't getting adequate care and support when they need it most.
This report is the third in a series looking at what it's like to live with secondary breast cancer.
Our map shows each Hospital Trust in England and whether they are recording the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. This is important as without full data, it is difficult for hospitals to plan their services to meet their patients’ needs. Click on the pink button to explore the map.
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For more information on each hospital, click on the corresponding pin.
The map shows the information we’ve received from Hospital Trusts that manage several hospitals, so you may not see your individual hospital listed.