Note: Breast Cancer Care merged with Breast Cancer Now in April 2019. From October 2019 the new merged charity is called Breast Cancer Now. However, lots of our information (such as the PDFs linked below) will continue to appear under the legacy brand Breast Cancer Care until new editions are produced. Please be assured that, whether the information you download is branded as Breast Cancer Care or Breast Cancer Now, the quality remains the same.
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.
We publish a wide range of patient information covering topics from breast awareness through to moving forward after treatment for breast cancer. All our publications have been reviewed by experts in the field, and are free to order and download from our website.
Moving Forward evaluation report
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 and usually takes place over half a day for three or four weeks.
Delivered by a range of expert speakers, it aims to provide information, support and professional guidance on how to cope with and adjust to life after breast cancer treatment. Topics covered may include: healthy eating, exercise, managing menopausal symptoms, lymphoedema, cancer fatigue, and intimacy and relationships.
Breast Cancer Now currently delivers Moving Forward courses in over 90 NHS hospitals in over 60 NHS Hospital Trusts and Health Boards across the UK.
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.
*Breast Cancer Now’s Moving Forward service won the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Award ‘Best Not for Profit Working in partnership with the NHS’ category in March 2019
Fertility toolkit for healthcare professionals
We want to help improve communication between breast and fertility clinics, ensuring all young women have the opportunity to discuss their fertility preservation options before treatment.
We’ve developed a fertility toolkit to help you initiate a discussion and make a referral to a fertility clinic.
We recommend using these resources alongside our booklet Fertility and breast cancer treatment.
Standards of care
To support the delivery of excellent patient care, we have developed pioneering standards of care for younger women in our free booklet, Care and support for younger women with breast cancer (BCC303), Standards of care for patients with secondary breast cancer, and breast prosthesis fitting services standards. All of them aim to help healthcare professionals working in these fields.
Our range of policy briefings 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.
Cleartext booklet evaluation report
We produced the booklet How is primary breast cancer treated? to address health literacy needs in some of our core patient information.