Meet Chantele. Her children still have a mum for one main reason - researchers discovered a drug called Kadcyla.
Chantele was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, in her early forties and otherwise fit and healthy, the diagnosis came as a complete shock. She had a single mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Life began to get back to normal until a year later Chantele found a second lump. “We were all so relieved, the year we thought I was in remission. Sadly, in 2014 I found a lump in my neck. I knew it couldn’t be good news.”
After many rounds of tests, Chantele’s worst fears were confirmed when she was told secondary breast cancer had spread to her lung, lymph nodes, neck and chest.
After more rounds of gruelling chemo and a great deal of turmoil and worry at last there was hope when she began taking Kadcyla a life-extending secondary breast cancer drug.
“I take it every three weeks and the results have been incredible! The lump in my neck went down immediately and amazingly the cancer has disappeared from everywhere apart from a pinprick in my lung.”
Kadcyla means that I'm here to see another Mother's Day with my beautiful boy and girl.
Hope for tomorrow
Chantele is one of around 35,000 women in the UK living with secondary breast cancer. She is being kept alive by Kadcyla, but she doesn’t know for how long.
Research has discovered innovative drugs like Kadcyla that give 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, our research could find even better drugs and treatments and give the hope that we can stop breast cancer in its tracks, once and for all.
With nearly 450 scientists across the UK and Ireland, we’re determined to find the answers needed to prevent breast cancer, detect it earlier, treat it better and stop it spreading to other parts of the body and taking lives.
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.
Join Chantele and the thousands of others campaigning to save lives by ensuring access to the best treatments and care for all breast cancer patients. Sign up to receive campaigns updates, find out how your action makes a difference and read our guides about how to campaign successfully.