Living with secondary breast cancer
Maria Leadbeater Clinical nurse specialist (secondary breast cancer), Breast Cancer Care
Melanie Larder Health promotion manager, Breast Cancer Care
Women living with secondary breast cancer (SBC) have a strong need for information about many aspects of their illness. The isolation experienced by many women can add to their difficulties. Bringing women together on organised ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer (LWSBC)’ days was shown to improve their understanding of their illness, ways they could manage the symptoms and the varied issues they will encounter. Many women attending the day had not spoken to anyone else with SBC and found that talking to others in a similar situation very beneficial. Breast Cancer Care is aware that services for women living with secondary breast cancer can vary hugely throughout the UK and has identified this as an area where a range of support services are needed. The LWSBC days offer the opportunity for unique support and information which can be developed further.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 7, 1,29-33. doi: 10.7748/cnp2008.02.7.1.29.c6468