Dr Irshad

Dr Sheeba Irshad, clinical deputy head of the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit at Kings College London, answers some common questions about the current COVID-19 vaccines and breast cancer.

11 March 2021 Breast Cancer Now

Aliya, who has pale brown skin and brown eyes, smiles while wearing a blue hat

Aliya experienced a long delay when seeking help for her secondary breast cancer symptoms. She hopes her story can help both doctors and patients recognise the potential signs of secondary breast cancer. 

27 July 2021 Personal story

Lucy, a white woman with short brown hair, takes a smiling selfie while getting chemotherapy treatment

Last year, Lucy experienced a recurrence just four years after first being diagnosed at age 28. She tells us about how she's managing treatment, being open with her young daughter, and being optimistic about the future.

22 July 2021 Personal story

Medina and Nadia pose together at Medina's graduation

Medina’s sister, Nadia, found out she had breast cancer when she was just 23. She tells us how scary it was to see her younger sibling go through treatment, and how she did her best to help. 

22 July 2021 Personal story

A split image - first, showing Lorraine, a Black woman with a shaved head, in treatment. The second image shows her shortly before that, on holiday with her two boys.

When Lorraine found a lump, she thought nothing could be done to help her. After her treatment and recovery, she turned her attention to helping and educating others on breast cancer. 

21 July 2021 Personal story

Patricia, an older lady with grey-brown hair, smiles warmly while sitting outside

Patricia has had breast cancer four times since 1989 and has seen attitudes towards mastectomies change. However, she acknowledges there is still a prejudice against having mastectomies without reconstruction. 

20 July 2021 Personal story

Amanda, a white woman with short curly hair and freckles, looks straight into the camera

In 2002, actor Amanda Mealing discovered she had breast cancer within 24 hours of giving birth. Determined not to let her treatment interfere with motherhood, she buried a lot of her feelings. Years later, she began to suffer with what she now recognises as PSTD.

16 July 2021 Breast Cancer Now

Floral patterned Cath Kidston mugs filled with flowers

The last year has been challenging for all of us, but fundraising provides the opportunity for us to come together again. Here, Cath Kidston share their tips on how to host a fantastic Afternoon Tea.

15 July 2021 Breast Cancer Now

Zahida, a young Asian woman with glasses and shoulder-length black hair, smiles while wearing a smart blue and yellow top

When Zahida discovered she had cancer, it was difficult to find support amongst friends and family because it was seen as a taboo topic. She tells us why she’s now keen to share her story and change perspectives within BAME communities. 

15 July 2021 Personal story

A female health care provider speaks with two older women

The experiences of people living with secondary breast cancer are unique, which is why our secondary breast cancer campaign has been calling for these experiences to be acknowledged and understood. 

14 July 2021 Breast Cancer Now