secondary breast cancer
One in 10 people with a prior diagnosis of primary breast cancer said they hadn't been given enough information about the symptoms of its return.
"There are people who live for years after their diagnosis."
It used to surprise me, but not anymore. It's become the norm. There are plenty of other questions that could be asked - "how are you feeling?", "can I do anything to help?", even - "do you need a hug?" Anything but, "so, how long until the doctors think you're going to die?"!!
Having a cancer diagnosis can be tough at times. And lonely. It changes you as a person. You have to find a new normal. You almost grieve for the life you had yet it's so hard to look forward as the future is so uncertain.
At Breast Cancer Now we are determined to stop people dying from breast cancer, and one of the most important ways to do this is to find ways to stop it spreading. When breast cancer cells break away from the original tumour and form tumours in other parts of the body it is known as secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer.
Although most people are diagnosed when they spot something unusual, less than half of women in the UK are checking their breasts regularly. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat - another reason to get into the habit of checking.
Why would I even contemplate breaking it to them? How could I tell my impressionable 14 year old son and my innocent 10 year old daughters that I might soon be leaving them forever, or that their mum was going to be very unwell at the very least? Every time I thought about it, the lump in my throat would swell.
On 12th September 2009, I married my soulmate. Daniel and I had been together since we were 17, a cliché, but we are childhood sweethearts. At the age of 28 we made the formal commitment in front of friends and family to spend the rest of our lives together.
I'm a 29-year-old mental health nursing student from the University of South Wales, and I've been the sole carer for my mother, who has terminal cancer and is now receiving palliative care at home.
Secondary breast cancer occurs when cancer spreads from the breast to other areas of the body. “Sometimes, cancer cells - that