Policy briefing

Secondary breast cancer: charity’s study reveals inadequate levels of care and support

Breast Cancer Care urges Health Education England to fund continuing professional development programmes to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to help people with secondary breast cancer
Secondary breast cancer

Breast Cancer Care urges Health Education England to fund continuing professional development programmes to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to help people with secondary breast cancer

Essential facts

Inadequacies have been revealed in the care and support offered to people living with secondary breast cancer.

A study by the charity Breast Cancer Care (BCC) says people who have secondary breast cancer regularly report feeling ‘isolated and forgotten’.

Secondary breast cancer commonly occurs in the bones, brain, lungs or liver. It can be treated, but not cured.

Main arguments

  • Research by BCC for its campaign, Secondary. Not Second Rate, suggests that many people living with secondary breast cancer experience delays in diagnosis.
  • People who are experiencing secondary cancer do not
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