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Supporting you with another cancer diagnosis

When you have been given a cancer diagnosis, the aim of your treatment is to surgically remove the cancer and/or have treatment to ensure that no cancer remains. The aim is to prevent your cancer from returning or spreading.

When a cancer is discovered in a part of the body and it has started in this place, it is known as a Primary Cancer. If the cancer cells have spread to other parts or organs within the body, this is known as secondary cancer.


Sadly, for some women, their cancer does spread to another part/parts of their body.

When this happens, it is known as Metastatic (Mets), Secondary or Stage 4 cancer. Unfortunately, this now means that the cancer is no longer curable at this stage.

There are a variety of different treatment options depending on where your cancer has spread and these will be explained to you by your oncology team. These treatments are to control and prevent further growth or spread of secondary cancer. Treatment can continue to be given as long as it remains effective and is being well-tolerated. Many people continue to live well with secondary cancer.

For more information about treatments, please speak with your healthcare team.

For further support around your Secondary/Metastatic cancer diagnosis please contact your Information Support Worker or get in touch using our contact form at any time.

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