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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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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