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Trust signs breast cancer pledge

Nicola Capurro (l), Senior Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Susanna Glover,
Nicola Capurro (l), Senior Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Susanna Glover, senior health advocacy officer from Breast Cancer Now

The Trust has launched its Secondary Breast Care Pledge as a result of a project which gained feedback from staff and patients.

A patient review of existing services raised a number of issues and a plan agreed to improve the service offered.

This includes a one-to-one appointment within six weeks of diagnosis, a holistic needs assessment, better written information, provision of additional Consultant Oncologist support and reducing waiting times in clinics.

The trust has been working in partnership with charities Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care and patient representatives Alison Harvey and Penny Wood who both live with secondary breast cancer.

Secondary breast cancer affects 35,000 women in the UK.