Secondary. Not second rate.

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Dawn standing with 'can I be certain of your support' sign

When time is uncertain, women with secondary breast cancer need to be certain of your support. 

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.

Help us make sure more people know about Breast Cancer Care's free Helpline and sign up to receive 10 information cards.

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Get support


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. 

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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.

Vicki holding her young daughter

'The worst feeling is that your child will need you and you won’t be there.' Vicki, 34

Dawn staring at the camera

'I was just in absolute despair. Is it really incurable? My God, I’m gonna die.' Dawn, 54

Claire looking downwards

'You’re told you might have some time but you’re not told how much time.' Claire, 43


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Get the facts

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.

Part Three: Getting support

Secondary breast cancer campaign - second report


This report is the third in a series looking at what it's like to live with secondary breast cancer.

Download part one: Diagnosis 

Download part two: Who's counting?

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Is your hospital counting?

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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Hospital Trust is collecting data

Hospital Trust is not collecting data

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Hospital Trust is partially collecting data

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.

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