Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Now, responded to the latest Emmerdale storyline about Faith Dingle's Secondary Breast Cancer diagnosis.
Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“With an estimated 35,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK, it’s been an incredibly important opportunity for us to provide expert guidance around Faith’s storyline.
"This includes giving a steer to script writers as to how her diagnosis and experience of the disease can be portrayed accurately, and raising awareness of some of the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer among millions of Emmerdale fans.
“Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. But we know from calls to our Helpline just how anxious women may feel about the possibility of their cancer returning.
"And we know how overwhelming the impact of a secondary breast cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families.”
Anyone affected by Faith's storyline, or seeking support or information about breast cancer, can speak to Breast Cancer Now’s expert nurses by calling our free, confidential Helpline on 0808 800 6000, or emailing the confidential Ask Our Nurse service.
Information about the signs and symptoms of secondary (metastatic) breast cancer is available here.