During breast cancer awareness month we asked some of the women from our campaign, ‪The Last One‬‬, and some of our researchers what time means to them.
Monday 9 November 2015      Guest blog
Time to Live Rashpal

The time we spend with our friends and families. The time we give to others. The time we have now, and the time that could so easily be lost if we don’t act.

Why time? At Breast Cancer Now we believe that if we all act now, by 2050, no one who develops breast cancer will die from it. And by giving our time now to find ways to prevent, detect, treat and stop the disease, we’ll move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.

As we hear from Danielle and Rashpal below, with breast cancer, every moment counts. That’s why scientists like Uma and Clare are working around the clock to give everyone affected by the disease more time to live.


In the video below, Danielle talks about what an average day looks like to her, and the importance of spending more quality time with her family, taking lots of photos and not worrying when the dishes aren’t done.

In Danielle’s words, “The big hope is… that any women diagnosed with breast cancer, whether it’s primary breast cancer or secondary breast cancer… from the start they can say to you, ‘You will survive’.”


We asked Rashpal, who also featured in our advert, how important time is to her.

Despite being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, she refuses to put pressure on the time she has left, which she has spent with loved ones, renovating her house and visiting cultural spots in Italy with her husband.

She says bravely: “You have to accept what you can’t change and just make the most of life.”


Having seen what time means to Danielle and Rashpal, who both featured in The Last One‬ advert, we’re also finding out how our research is speeding up progress and giving women more time to live.

In 2008, we asked leading breast cancer scientists what was holding them back finding better treatments. One area they identified was a lack of access to high-quality breast tissue to use in their studies, and so we responded by forming the UK’s first ever national breast cancer tissue bank.

Uma Ekbote is our Tissue Bank Coordinator, involved in the day to day running of the bank.

Here she talks through her role, and how the bank is looking to the future to stop women dying of breast cancer.

Professor Clare Isacke

In our final video in this series, we hear from Professor Clare Isacke, Team Leader at Breast Cancer Now’s research centre, whose research is finding out more about secondary breast cancer.

Prof Isacke is working to find out how breast cancer cells can survive outside of the breast in other parts of the body, and why cancer cells sometimes lie dormant, only to start growing in other organs years after an original diagnosis.

Her team is working tirelessly to create a future where people can live with the disease with a high quality of life, rather than die from it.

Donate to support our work

We want to give people like Danielle and Rashpal more time to live.

To help fund the work of Clare, Uma and others and make this possible, please support breast cancer research today by making a donation.

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