This is Chantele. Her children still have a mum for one main reason – a drug called Kadcyla.
Chantele is one of around 35,000 women in the UK living with secondary breast cancer this Mother’s Day. She has two children she had to explain this to.
However, she’s still here to spend this Mother’s Day with them because of Kadcyla - a life-extending secondary breast cancer drug. Incredibly, it has reduced all her tumours, the ones in her lymph nodes, neck and chest completely, and the one in her lung to the size of a pinprick. With the help of Breast Cancer Now’s campaigning work last year, it can now extend the lives of thousands of other women too.
Kadcyla means that I'm here to see another Mother's Day with my beautiful boy and girl
Over the last year our campaigning work meant that several breast cancer drugs, including Kadcyla, have been made available on the NHS in the UK.
It’s because of landmark decisions like this that we know our campaigning works – and is benefitting mums like Chantele.
“Breast Cancer Now is working tirelessly to make sure that new drugs are being researched, developed and tested. But they also give patients like me a voice with government and hope for the future. Thanks to their incredible campaigning work, drugs like Kadcyla can now extend the lives of thousands of other women too,” says Chantele.
Please support us today to help give breast cancer patients a voice – and make life-extending drugs available to those who so desperately need them.
But not everybody’s breast cancer works the same.
Thanks to Breast Cancer Now’s campaign work, innovative drugs like Kadcyla are giving women with incurable breast cancer precious extra time with their families – but sadly we know that these drugs won’t keep working forever.
With over 20 different types of breast cancer, a drug that works for someone like Chantele today, might not work tomorrow – and it might not work at all for someone else. With your support, we can campaign for even better drugs and treatments to become available, paving the way to 2050 when we believe that everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
Help us give mums the gift of quality time with their families this Mother’s Day.
Other ways to show your support
Take part in our Mother's Day social media campaign by making and sharing a Breast Cancer Now origami heart.