We know from calls to the Helpline that many women choose not to have a reconstruction in the face of expectations of family friends and colleagues who – perhaps because of media coverage – see reconstruction as the norm.
You’ll probably know fruit flies as the small flying pests that feed and live on your decomposing leftovers in the bin or compost pile. But you might be surprised to hear that this little insect has also saved numerous human lives. This isn’t because having them around gives us any kind of health benefit, but because they are an excellent tool for medical research.
It can be a great relief when you come to the end of treatment for breast cancer, but we know that it may also be a time when the legacy of everything you’ve been through suddenly catches up with you. This can feel overwhelming.
The Isle of Wight Pink is looking good. We had a busy time on the island decorating trees, chalk spray painting, putting up banners, and battling the wind on Yarmouth Pier while tying ribbons to the lampposts!
Some fantastic supporters also decorated the Umbrella Tree in East Cowes as a joint celebration; the tree is 100 years old this year.
Dr Arran Turnbull is a post-doctoral researcher at the Breakthrough Edinburgh Research Programme at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. Arran has worked there since January 2013, where his research aims to better understand how to detect and predict the development of treatment resistance in ER-positive breast cancer.
We’ve had news today that NHS England and the government are taking steps to make the Cancer Drugs Fund more sustainable and operate smarter. This includes an additional £80 million per year being added to the fund, taking some drugs off the fund, negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to link price more closely to effectiveness and using data from the drugs funded to inform the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's decisions in the future.