Meet Denise. She was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine breast screening appointment in 2017. Since then she’s been given hope through the vital research that Breast Cancer Now funds, and life-changing support from Breast Cancer Care.

During her recall appointment, the consultant explained that there was an abnormal area on her left side that was worrying and that she would have to have further tests, including an ultrasound.

She had so many questions about life, work, her husband, her dad. What would happen if she wasn’t around anymore?

That’s when Denise found Breast Cancer Care’s online Forum where she could connect with people going through the same experience, as well as talk through her questions and concerns with nurses.

It was an absolute oasis in this very dark period in my life

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However, for Denise, the hardest part of her breast cancer journey was after her diagnosis and radiotherapy, living post-treatment.

The anxieties of her breast cancer returning were never far from her mind. And it’s not just Denise; around 40% of those who have completed their treatment, develop a fear that the cancer will return. This fear can have a severe effect on their quality of life

That’s why we’re funding a project run by Professor Gerry Humphris from the University of St Andrews who found that many breast cancer patients begin to develop these fears over the course of their radiotherapy treatment. He’s trying to change this, by working with radiographers to try and find new ways to support people like Denise, going through radiotherapy, to talk about their emotions and fears.

Professor Humphris hopes that in this way, radiographers will be able to help reduce the likelihood of these long-term fears developing and stop these anxieties from affecting people’s quality of life. It could mean that women like Denise aren’t left feeling uncertain or alone once their treatment has ended.

With a gift today, you could help ensure that everybody who develops breast cancer doesn’t just live – but receives the support they need to live well.