As our Policy and Campaigns team presented our research campaigns and services work to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer last month other Breast Cancer Care staff were at a conference for healthcare professionals and patient groups.

Head of Wales Linda McCarthy (pictured) and Policy and Campaigns Manager Lizzie Magnusson were in Brussels at a European Patient Advocacy Group meeting called 'The Invisible Woman? Examining the impact of advanced breast cancer on women and society'.

The meeting brought together healthcare professionals patients and non-profit organisations to share learning and best practice.

We presented two posters one about our services for people with secondary breast cancer and another on our Spotlight on Secondary Breast Cancer Campaign.

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It was clear that we have achieved a great deal to improve standards of care for people with secondary breast cancer in UK compared many other European countries. However there is still a long way to go to ensure women and men receive the care and support they need. We're evaluating our Spotlight campaign so we can demonstrate the impact we have made and bid for funding to continue our work.

Addressing isolation

Lizzie was also a member of a panel discussion looking at how delegates could work together to address the isolation and invisibility of women with secondary breast cancer.

We address this issue through our campaigning and services. In addition we introducedSecondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 to the UK which helps us to highlight to health policy decision-makers the media and the public the issues that are important to people with secondary breast cancer.