We are always looking for ways to improve our services for those affected by breast cancer. As part of this, we recently conducted a study into the effectiveness of our secondary breast cancer support days.

There are 36,000 women living with secondary breast cancer in the UK. Many feel isolated and unsupported, their care needs unmet,  or unaware of palliative care options available to them.

 In response to these needs, we set up a monthly support day in 2014 at our Yorkshire centre in Leeds, providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for those with secondary breast cancer to meet each other, learn about their disease and how to improve their quality of life, and support each other. Over the last few years hundreds of local women attended the days.

Although we are always looking for ways to improve, we are very pleased that 98.8% of visitors felt that the day met their needs and expectations.

 We received some very positive comments from visitors about the support day. Below are just a few:

 ‘A lovely positive group—felt very supported by the other women’

‘Very interesting and informative. Makes it easier to understand the different treatments.’

‘Masses of information I never knew. Made a visit to the hospice far less daunting’

‘Meeting others and hearing their stories makes you feel not so alone’