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Secondary breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer is when breast cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body, most commonly to the bones, liver, lungs or brain.

Secondary breast cancer is incurable but treatable and some people live with the disease for a number of years.

Shockingly, nobody knows how many people have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in England.

Why is this so important? Not knowing how many people have been diagnosed makes it difficult for hospitals to plan services such as knowing how many nurses they need and to provide good care for people with secondary breast cancer. It also means it’s hard to truly know how successful a particular treatment for primary breast cancer actually was in making sure that fewer people go on to develop secondary disease.

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Get involved

We want to find out how many hospitals are recording the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer so we can create a picture of what is happening across the country.

  • Email your local Hospital Trust to ask if they are collecting the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. If you are a patient, you can email the Trust where you’re being treated.
  • Our online form takes you through a simple step by step process to make it as easy as possible for you to email your Hospital Trust.

Email your Hospital Trust now

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What’s happening in my area?

Our map shows each Hospital Trust in England and whether they are recording the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Click on the pink button to explore the map.

 

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Hospital Trust is collecting data

Hospital Trust is not collecting data

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For more information on each hospital, click on the corresponding pin.

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The map shows the information we’ve received from Hospital Trusts that manage several hospitals, so you may not see your individual hospital listed.

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Stories

Sue shares her experience of living with secondary breast cancer and explains why she’s supporting the campaign.

Read Sue's story

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Living with secondary breast cancer
 

Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer

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Contact us

If you’ve had a response from your Hospital Trust, or if you have questions about the campaign, please get in touch with the campaigns team by emailing campaigns@breastcancercare.org.uk.

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Get support living with secondary breast cancer

Living with secondary breast cancer support sessions

Share experiences and tips in regular meet-ups with other people in your situation. 

Live Chat, Tuesdays, 8.30pm
 

A private chat room where you can talk to others in a similar situation about the challenges you’re facing. 

Forum for people with secondary breast cancer

Talk to others who also have a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

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Show your support

Show your support by buying our special pin badge dedicated to people lost to and living with secondary breast cancer.

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