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.

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 pain

This track is for women who have breast pain, which is also known as mastalgia. It explains the differences between cyclical and non-cyclical breast pain and the ways in which breast pain is treated.

There is also a breast pain chart, which you can complete to monitor your pain and take along to your local doctor (GP) or nurse, available to download or order in our booklet Breast pain.

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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 looks in more detail at what breast screening is, how it works and why it is done.

You can read more about breast screening on Breast Cancer Care’s website.

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Signs and symptoms of breast cancer: FAQs

Breast Cancer Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Jackie answers questions from Breast Health Promotion Officer Sadia that people commonly ask about different potential signs and symptoms of breast cancer. They discuss types of breast pain, what to do if you notice discharge from your nipple or find a lump in your breast, what happens when you’re referred to a breast clinic and what a swollen breast could mean in a teenage boy.

You can read answers to these questions on Breast Cancer Care’s frequently asked questions pages.

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Chemotherapy for breast cancer

This track is about chemotherapy and the emotional and physical effects it may cause. It explains what chemotherapy is, how it works, and the benefits that may be gained from it.

The track also examines the possible side effects of chemotherapy and gives information on complementary therapies, fertility and contraception, and taking holidays while receiving treatment.

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Family history of breast cancer: FAQs

Breast Cancer Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Jackie answers questions from Breast Health Promotion Officer Sadia that people commonly ask about what it means to have a family history of breast cancer.

They discuss how a significant family history has an effect on the risk of developing breast cancer, genetic testing and signpost where people can go for more support.

You can read answers to these questions on Breast Cancer Care’s frequently asked questions pages.

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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 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 cancer – Nicky’s story

In this video, Nicky talks about the ways in which she told her friends and family about her diagnosis, explaining to her children using the book Mummy’s Lump from Breast Cancer Care.

She discusses her experience of chemotherapy and her ongoing radiotherapy, and recounts how hair loss affected her during treatment.

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 is that of the participant and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Secondary breast cancer: family, friends and relationships

Marie, who has secondary (advanced) breast cancer, and clinical nurse specialist Tara discuss talking to partners, family and friends about a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Care produces a free Secondary resource pack for anyone who has a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

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Living with secondary breast cancer

Tara, a clinical nurse specialist, and Marie, who has secondary (advanced) breast cancer, talk about the uncertainty that a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can bring.

Breast Cancer Care produces a free Secondary resource pack for anyone who has a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

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Choosing a bra after surgery

Breast Cancer Care knows that a breast prosthesis can help restore a woman’s body image after surgery for breast cancer. Watch our step-by-step guide to learn what to look for when choosing a bra after surgery and what to avoid.

There’s also a free booklet covering this available on our website.

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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 – Anne’s story

In this video, Anne relates the difficulty she experienced telling her sons and mother about her diagnosis, the shock of losing her hair from chemotherapy, dealing with fatigue during her breast cancer treatment and returning to work.

Since her treatment ended, Anne has developed lymphoedema in her right arm. You can find out more about this condition on our website.

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 is that of the participant and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Jo’s story

In this video, Jo-Anne talks about her experience of having breast cancer as a younger woman, and how linking up with others helped her overcome the isolation she felt as a result. She relates her fears about losing her femininity and facing up to the difficulties of returning to ordinary life after a long period of intensive medical care and treatment.

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 is that of the participant and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Valerie’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Valerie talks about being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She talks about finding the initial lump, her experience with her consultants and why she elected to have a mastectomy. She also relates her fears of her breast cancer recurring and how the impact of the disease has stayed with her throughout her life.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Valerie’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Nicole’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Nicole talks about being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She explains how she managed her working life, recalls the isolation of being a young woman with breast cancer when others being treated alongside her were all aged over 50 and how her family helped her get through weeks of daily radiotherapy. She reflects on the difficult feelings she experienced once her treatment was finished and she was dealing with the impact of her experience.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Nicole’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Nevo’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Nevo talks about being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She discusses how different friends reacted to the news and explains how she and her husband deal with the fertility problems she now faces.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Nevo’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.

Breast cancer – Natalie’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Natalie talks about her experience of twice being diagnosed with breast cancer. She discusses how important it was to her to be open and honest with her son, and how supporting and being supported by other women with breast cancer is a continuing help.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Natalie’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.

Breast cancer – Julie’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Julie talks about being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She recalls the shock of the diagnosis, discusses the benefits for her of having an immediate breast reconstruction and looks back on how she coped with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Julie’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.