Breast cancer

A guide for women with breast cancer

These pages have been prepared to provide you with information about cancer of the breast. It gives information about diagnosis, treatment, practical support, and the emotional impact of cancer. 

Specific information covering secondary breast cancer is available from your local Cancer Society, or by phoning the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237).

In the past, breast cancer surgery was quite extensive and women feared not only the disease but also the treatment. Today, with early detection methods and the trend towards smaller operations, breast cancer can be treated successfully with better cosmetic results.

We can’t advise about the best treatment for you personally. You need to discuss this with your own doctors who are familiar with your full medical history. However, we hope this information will answer some or your questions and help you think about the questions you may want to ask your doctors.

If you find this information helpful, you may like to pass it on to your family and friends who might also find it useful. The words in bold are explained in the glossary.