Secondary breast cancer

This information is for women who have had a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. It may also be useful for the people around you, such as your family/whānau, friends, or carers. It aims to help you understand what secondary breast cancer is and the physical and emotional impact it can have on you and those around you. It covers living with the disease and coming to terms with the future. It looks briefly at symptoms and treatments and lists sources of help and support available to you.

For some women, having information about what is happening to them can be a way of taking back some control at a time when they may be feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Although we refer to ‘women’ throughout the text, men who have been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer may also find the information relevant and helpful.

The words in bold in the text are explained in the glossary.