We regularly develop materials and resources for both patients and healthcare professionals working with people affected by breast cancer.
As a healthcare professional you know more than anyone that a breast cancer diagnosis changes everything and that people can feel overwhelmed, scared and alone. So we want to work closely with you to help ensure your patients get the best support, information and care. We offer expert, tailored and friendly support services to enhance and complement the care you provide. We’re here to listen, understand, care and help people move forward with more confidence when hospital-based treatment has finished.
At Breast Cancer Now we are continuously working to improve breast cancer services allowing for better support to anyone affected by breast cancer. Our Service Pledge brings patients, healthcare professionals and Cancer Alliances together to work in partnership to design and deliver a concrete action plan of improvements, for everybody’s experience of breast cancer. You can also get involved with our campaigns, which create positive change for breast cancer patients.
Breast Cancer Now sits on the Breast Cancer Clinical Expert Group (CEG) and provides its secretariat. The Breast Cancer Clinical Expert Group is a multi-disciplinary group that brings together expert doctors, nurses, commissioners and patients from across England to advise the NHS in England on best practice for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.
Moving Forward courses
Run in partnership with NHS hospitals, our award-winning Moving Forward courses are designed to help people get back to ‘normal’ after treatment for breast cancer. The course is open to people who have had a primary breast cancer diagnosis and have finished their hospital-based treatment.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to suspend all of our face-to-face services for now. Breast Cancer Now currently delivers Moving Forward courses online as an alternative while face to face services are suspended.
To understand the benefits of Moving Forward we assessed its impact on participants, the NHS and wider society. Our research found that people who attend Moving Forward:
- Experience improved quality of life
- Have reduced levels of concern and improved emotional wellbeing
- Have improved self-confidence and are better able to manage their health
Moving Forward also provides significant social returns on investment. For every £1 spent on Moving Forward, the value to society is equal to £4.50.
Here for You
Our Here for You service provides you with a single point of referral for patients newly diagnosed with primary breast cancer.
On receipt of your referral, one of our trained and experienced volunteers will call your patient to introduce them to Breast Cancer Now and the information and services we offer – to support them at every stage in their breast cancer experience.
We publish a wide range of patient information covering topics from breast awareness, treating breast cancer, through to moving forward and information on treatment for secondary breast cancer. All our publications have been reviewed by clinical experts, and are free to order and download from our website.
You can find information on a number of topics:
- Benign breast conditions
- Breast cancer diagnosis
- Treatment and side effects
- Younger women with breast cancer
- Secondary breast cancer
If your patients need any information in an accessible format (Braille, large print or audio) please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy read resources
We produced the information How is primary breast cancer treated? as an online resource to address health literacy needs in some of our core patient information.
We also have downloadable easy read resources on our website.
- What happens at a breast clinic
- Hormone therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Treatment team
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A range of resources including the case for change, developing your personal knowledge and skills, and ideas for improving the care of those with secondary breast cancer. There are also case studies from nurses in current practice so you can see what others have achieved.
To support the delivery of excellent patient care, we have developed pioneering standards of care for patients with secondary breast cancer. The standards aim to help healthcare professionals working in these fields.
Read our standards of care for secondary breast cancer.
Our range of press releases and statements cover topics related to the care and support of people affected by breast cancer. You can also follow our response to government consultations on issues such as end of life care and the Cancer Drug Fund.
At Breast Cancer Now we’re steered by our world-class research.