PUBLISHED ON: 10 January 2013

Many women feel unprepared for the range of physical and emotional experiences after treatment for breast cancer and the daily challenges these present a study by our Research and Evaluation team suggests.

During 2012 we've been interviewing people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to find out more about how people feel and what they need after treatment for primary breast cancer.

Funded by The Big Lottery the study has involved interviewing 63 women treated through six hospitals in England. We asked them about their experiences after their hospital treatment was finished.

Our detailed analysis of the interviews suggests there are several distinct and different phases women may go through at this time.

We'll be publishing the full findings in 2013 and we're already using our research to develop and improve the free Moving Forward services we offer to people during this transition period.

We’d love to hear from anyone who has experience or interest in supporting patients at the end of treatment. Please email us or you can find out more on our website.