27 February 2015

Responding to a new test developed by The Institute of Cancer Research which could predict the type of treatment an individual breast cancer patient needs Rachel Rawson Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care says:

“We welcome any new research that has the potential to improve the effectiveness of treatments or help to tailor treatments to an individual.

“For the 55000 women diagnosed every year in the UK making decisions around benefits of certain treatments and resulting side effects can often be agonising and confusing so this new test could have a real positive impact.

“We will await the further long term results of this study with interest. Anyone with questions or concerns can call Breast Cancer Care’s freephone Helpline 0808 800 6000.”

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For further information please contact:

Sheryl Plant Press Manager Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3532 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

sheryl.plant@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face phone and online services. We also provide training support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit breastcancernow.org or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.