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.

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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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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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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