'My mum and I have always had a close bond. She’s always been there for me, so I wanted to be there for her.' Sarah tells us about how she supported her mum through secondary breast cancer and how her mum was there for her when she came out as transgender.
Today, @JamesDavies & @CGreenUK opened a debate on the value of charity-funded research. A timely reminder that if Government wants to ensure the UK is equipped to tackle our biggest health challenges, they must back charity-funded #ResearchAtRisk at tomorrow’s #SpendingReview.
Ideas included giving patients the option of a video call as well as a phone call when a face to face consultation isn’t possible, ensuring patients feel supported by a key contact who is coordinating their care and hospital volunteers coordinating a patient buddy system.
We know COVID-19 has affected patient experience. On Friday, as part of our Service Pledge programme, we brought together our experienced Patient Advocates and local patient representatives to discuss what changes breast care services could make to improve patient experience.
'Breast Cancer Now’s secondary breast cancer research gives me hope. Hope that people like me who live with secondary breast cancer, can live good, long lives.' – Jen
Support secondary breast cancer research by taking on the £1,000 Challenge.
Whether you have been diagnosed or are supporting a friend or family member, the Someone Like Me service can put you in touch with a volunteer who can offer a personal experience of the challenges you are facing, or simply a listening ear.
'As the one who had been diagnosed, I felt a responsibility to support and prepare people for the news. I felt guilty that suddenly a lot of my energy was transferred elsewhere, that I was unable to help with things that I had done before.' - Sarah
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