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Secondary breast cancer nursing toolkit

The updated toolkit includes many useful resources, and case studies on nurses in current practice.

Welcome to your secondary breast cancer toolkit

This has been developed in response to the members of our Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Group, who often contact us for guidance and support around developing and improving the nursing service they offer to their patients.

Many nurses tell us that they have gained much from sharing good practice ideas and models with others specifically working with this patient group. Practical tools can also help individuals and teams when setting up and developing services and are useful to share.  

The updated toolkit contains different sections covering a range of issues - from the case for change, developing your personal knowledge, skills and ideas to make the change, to improving the care of those with secondary breast cancer.

As well as a number of resources, it also includes case studies from nurses in current practice, so you can see what others have achieved.

Kerry and Sarah, nurse and patient in conversation.

The case for change

Find out why we're campaigning to improve care for people with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer.


3rd ESMO International Consensus Guidelines for Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC 3)

Download pdf (.2 MB)

4th ESO–ESMO International Consensus Guidelines for Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC 4)

Download pdf (.3 MB)

Secondary, Not Second Rate reports

Our resources

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Case studies

Real examples of how hospitals across the UK have improved their services.


The toolkit has everything you need in one place to ensure you're going in the right direction. It's really useful when teaching others too.

Sue, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Scarborough

Join the Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Group

Our Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Group has been set up in response to requests from nurses working with patients affected by metastatic breast cancer.

We'd love your feedback

We envision this toolkit to constantly evolve. Please tell us what you think. And let us know your ideas for resources or content that would be useful to add to it.

Do tell us if you adapt or change your service so we can share your experience with others. By working together, we can ensure everyone affected by secondary breast cancer receives the highest standards of specialist nursing care.

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