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Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer. Our clinical expertise and emotional support network help thousands of people find a way to live with, through and beyond breast cancer.

Treating Secondary Breast Cancer Discussion

Listen to a discussion with Claire Ryan (Macmillan Nurse Clinician – Metastatic Breast Cancer) about how secondary breast cancer is treated. 

If you have any questions about treating secondary breast cancer, call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000 or use our Ask Our Nurses email service.

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Deciding whether to have breast screening

Breast screening (mammography/mammogram) is an x-ray examination of the breasts. It can detect breast cancer before there are any signs or symptoms. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment is likely to be.

This video gives you information to help you decide whether you want have breast screening.

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Breast reconstruction: other reconstruction procedures

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

There are a range of techniques used  to reconstruct the breast and the right one for you will depend on your individual circumstances.

This clip shows you some newer surgical reconstruction procedures using flaps from different parts of the body other than the abdomen and the back. These techniques may be appropriate for women who are too slim for tissue to be taken from their abdomen or who have scarring from previous surgery in their abdominal area.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet, which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique three – the DIEP flap and SIEA flap

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows two techniques that use tissue taken from the abdomen without taking any muscle, known as the DIEP flap and the SIEA flap.

There are different variations of this method of reconstruction and surgeons are developing techniques to take flaps from other areas of the body and to improve the cosmetic result.

You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique two – TRAM flap

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows a particular technique that uses your body tissue to reconstruct the breast. This technique is called the TRAM flap. It uses a flap of tissue and muscle taken from the abdomen to reconstruct the breast.

The clip will show you what happens during the surgical procedure.You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique one – implants

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows techniques that use a breast implant. It will show you the different types of breast implant and what to expect from the surgical procedure. You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: introduction

This short animation is an introduction to a series of clips that aim to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

The clips are not designed to be especially detailed or scientific, but to give you an idea of how the process of breast reconstruction works and which areas of your body are likely to be affected.

There are a range of techniques used  to reconstruct the breast and the right one for you will depend on your individual circumstances. It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: an animated guide

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows techniques that use a breast implant and those that use your body tissue to reconstruct the breast – including the LD flap (tissue taken from the back area which often incorporates an additional breast implant), TRAM flap (a flap of tissue and muscle taken from the abdomen) and the DIEP flap (tissue taken from the abdomen but without taking any muscle). You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Dealing with pain in secondary breast cancer

This video highlights the effect of pain with secondary breast cancer and talks about how earlier access to palliative care can help control this symptom.

Secondary breast cancer is when cancer cells have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. It can often be controlled, sometimes for several years, but can no longer be cured.

The video was released in support of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day on 13 October 2014 and features quotes from people affected by secondary breast cancer.

If you are affected by this issue in the UK and want to talk to somebody, please call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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Breast cancer – Christine’s story

Christine talks about her experience of breast cancer so far, from diagnosis to the end of hospital treatment. She discusses telling family and friends about her diagnosis and treatment, losing her waist-length hair and dealing with fatigue during treatment. She also explains how she’s set up a weekly Twitter chat group for younger women with breast cancer.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video contains the interviewee’s understanding of her own diagnosis and treatment and should not be viewed as clinical advice or information. The views in this video are that of the participant and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Irene and James’ story

In this video, Irene and James talk about how they faced Irene’s breast cancer together. They recall her decision to have a bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, and getting used to a new physical relationship afterwards.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video contains the interviewees’ understanding of their own diagnosis and treatment and should not be viewed as clinical advice or information. The views in this video are those of the participants and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Real lives, real people

UK charity Breast Cancer Care produces information to help people feel more in control of their situation when they’re diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. And volunteers affected by breast cancer contribute to the information in many ways, not least by acting as models. We know it can help readers feel less isolated when they see pictures of real people in our publications and on our website. This video goes behind the scenes at one of our photoshoots.

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