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MPs joined us yesterday in Westminster (15 October) to mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

The event in Parliament was hosted by Steve Brine MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer.

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All older breast cancer patients should have the information they need about their treatment, in the way that they wish to receive it.

This was one of the main discussion points at a high-level roundtable meeting in Westminster this week. It was held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group...

Two powerful groups of MPs and peers with a special interest in breast and ovarian cancer have come together to talk about improving services for people with a family history of the cancers.

As clinical nurse specialist for family history and breast health at Breast Cancer Care, I went to...

 A woman who has been through breast cancer treatment twice told MPs she felt privileged to be able to give something back to others: ‘…to improve treatment and their experiences of treatment is really important to me.’

Tamsin was speaking at the House of Commons in Westminster last...

To ensure MPs and members of the House of Lords know about Breast Cancer Care and the work we do,  we held an event at the House of Commons last Tuesday. Such events are vitally important so that we can call on these influential people to keep breast cancer on the political health agenda....

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond this week helped us mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our 40th year, hosting a reception at Edinburgh Castle.

Mr Salmond congratulated us on the support we provide to thousands of people affected by breast cancer across Scotland. He also...

A new system of pricing branded medicines, known as value-based pricing (VBP), is due to start from January 2014. The aim is to give NHS patients better access to effective and innovative medicines.

However, there's still time for us to highlight the particular needs and issues of people...

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) launches it report Age is just a number. It makes recommendations about tackling the issues surrounding inequality in treatment, services and support available to older people with breast cancer.

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As our Policy and Campaigns team presented our research, campaigns and services work to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer last month, other Breast Cancer Care staff were at a conference for healthcare...

Our Policy and Campaigns team has been hard at work talking about our Spotlight on Secondary Breast Cancer campaign.

This month we spoke about issues surrounding secondary breast cancer to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) and at a conference...

Volunteer for us, and you could find yourself talking to a committee of MPs and Peers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

That’s what happened to Judy Dadswell, who’s been a one-to-one telephone support volunteer...

A Parliamentary inquiry into how older people with breast cancer are treated and cared for wants people to come forward and talk about their experiences.

The inquiry is being held by the ...

Our Chief Executive, Samia al Qadhi, in joint charity approach

Breast Cancer Care’s Chief Executive Samia al Qadhi has met with Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight important breast cancer issues.

Samia visited 10 Downing Street on 8 January with the CEOs of the charities...

The Lords have backed important amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill currently going through parliament, including rejecting government plans to effectively place a time-limit on how quickly cancer patients must recover. However, the Bill will go back to the House of Commons in February where...

Breast Cancer Care volunteer and fundraiser Claire Jordan has met with her MP Chris Grayling to talk about what she does for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Care’s campaigns. Here, Claire talks about her experience.

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Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, has responded to our policy briefing ...

Breast Cancer Care reacts to the House of Lords’ defeat of proposed amendments to Employment Support Allowance for people with cancer.

Liz Carroll, Director of Policy and Research at Breast Cancer Care said:

'We applaud peers for opposing the plans to cut Employment...

An open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, which was signed by 30 charities, including Breast Cancer Care, clinical experts and cancer patients, featured in The Times. The letter warns that thousands of cancer patients may be plunged into poverty by...

Breast Cancer Care, along with 30 of the UK’s leading cancer charities, clinical experts and cancer patients, has signed an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, raising concerns about the impact the Welfare Reform Bill will have on cancer...

Macmillan is calling for people to sign their petition to ‘Put the fair into welfare’. 

The Welfare Reform Bill is currently passing through Parliament. This contains, amongst other...

To mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day Annette Brooke MP hosted an event at Westminster for Breast Cancer Care. It was attended by more than 50 guests including women affected by breast cancer, healthcare...

Today is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and we’re marking it by holding two campaigning events at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh and the...

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day takes place on Thursday 13 October

To mark the day we will be pressing decision-makers at an event in Westminster to make sure everyone with secondary breast cancer has access to a clinical nurse specialist with the skills...

Wales came a step closer to publishing its own cancer strategy today when all the parties in the National Assembly voted in favour of a Plaid Cymru amendment calling for a National Cancer Plan.

With rates of breast cancer rising in Wales, as in England, it is more important than ever that...

If so, the Government is planning to limit the amount of time people can claim contributory Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) to just 12 months from April 2012.

Breast Cancer Care is campaigning to scrap this arbitrary time limit that we feel...

The Liberal Democrats are currently holding their annual party conference, where they have decided to support a motion calling on the Government to scrap plans to time-limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to 12 months.

Breast Cancer Care is pleased...

In April of this year, we launched our ‘Keep our breast care nurses’ e-action. We asked people show their support for the role of the breast care nurse and to tell us how important their...

Future Forum, the group tasked with setting out recommendations to the Government's ‘listening exercise' during the pause in the passage of the Health and Social...

Back in March, we, along with 30 other cancer charities, wrote to Iain Duncan-Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to outline our grave concerns about the proposed welfare reforms and their impact on cancer patients. This included the time-limiting of contributory ESA to a year,...

Today on the newsblog, Director of Policy and Research at Breast Cancer Care, Jane Hatfield, shares some exciting campaigning news...

'Following many years of campaigning by people with secondary breast cancer and Breast Cancer Care...

Breast Cancer Care, as past of the Cancer Campaigning Group, has raised serious concerns about the future of cancer networks, which we think are vital to ensuring cancer services do not suffer though the forthcoming period of NHS reforms.

Funding for cancer networks has only been assured...

The Hardest Hit campaign, run by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the United Kingdom’s Disabled People's Council is holding a march on 11 May in London. Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express their concerns about the cuts threatening benefits...

Breast Cancer Care has a wide network of healthcare professionals, the majority of whom are breast care nurses. We have been hearing more and more often that breast care nurses (also known as clinical nurse specialists) are being forced to limit the...

We raise our concerns about the proposed regional system that could increase the likelihood of postcode lotteries developing in access to drugs. We advocate for a national approach to ensure everyone is treated the same, regardless of where they live. If this were not to happen we suggest ways...

Today saw the publication of the Department of Health (DH) cancer strategy, Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer.

Thanks to the dedication of the ...

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer1 met with the Prime Minister and Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow MP, last week to discuss issues around breast cancer.

Co-Chairs of the Group, Annette Brooke, MP and Steve Brine, MP joined representatives from...

Annette Brook MP, who spoke at the Westminster event on secondary breast cancer last week, has asked a question in Prime Minister's Questions on our behalf.

She asked David Cameron to meet with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for breast cancer and reps from the main...