When you ring our free Helpline or email in a question through the Ask Our Nurses service, it's likely to be one of our Clinical team who responds. They work alongside our sessional team made up of experienced nurses and specially trained workers.

All Breast Cancer Now's nurses have specialist knowledge of breast cancer and breast health. As well as the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses services, they are responsible for the clinical accuracy of all our print and online information. They are always on hand to provide press statements and interviews in response to breaking news and policy events, and offer clinical support across all our departments.

Dr Emma Pennery, CBE, Clinical Director

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Emma heads the Nursing, Helpline and Nursing Network teams. Before joining Breast Cancer Now she worked as a senior clinical nurse specialist in the NHS.

She completed her PhD in 2005 and regularly sits on Department of Health, Royal College and UK trial advisory boards and project groups.

She was awarded a CBE in June 2014 for services to people affected by breast cancer.




Rachel Rawson, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Rachel helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in the survivorship phase of breast cancer, neuropathic pain, body image, sex and intimacy.






Carolyn Rogers, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Carolyn helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in the effect of treatment on fertility, the management of menopausal symptoms and managing fear of recurrence.





Grete Brauten-Smith, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Younger Women with Breast Cancer

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Grete is our lead on younger women diagnosed with breast cancer. She is our expert on issues affecting this patient group and involved in the development and delivery of our Younger Women Together service.

Grete feels strongly that younger women with breast cancer should get all the information they need about fertility preservation before starting treatment. She is also passionate about supporting younger women in talking with their children about their diagnosis.




Jane Murphy, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist, Helpline and AON

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Jane leads the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses email services, calling on more than 15 years' experience of providing information and support to people affected by cancer.






Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Secondary Breast Cancer

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Catherine leads on secondary breast cancer. She advises teams across Breast Cancer Now on issues affecting people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. She is involved with the development and delivery of our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer service.


Addie Mitchell, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Breast Awareness and Breast Screening

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Addie leads on breast awareness and screening, supporting all departments on this topic. She also has a special interest in managing lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment.






Marretje Miller, Val Proctor and Eve Smith, Breast Care Nurses



Our breast care nurses have many years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and side effects of breast cancer, and together contribute daily to our Helpline and Ask Our Nurses email service. They also answer queries on our online discussion Forum and social media channels.