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Building up the confidence to be able to wear mastectomy swimwear after an operation is a tough road, but one that when you conquer will feel so empowering.

As October is breast cancer awareness month, alongside the reminders of those loved ones we’ve lost, we’re sure to be inspired by so many survivor stories where women have overcome the disease and learned to love their new bodies.

Here’s one such story from the Metro – 50 year old Maggie Prentice, who was told 10 years ago that she only had a 10 per cent chance of surviving her ‘incurable’ cancer diagnosis, posing for a lingerie shoot alongside fellow survivors.

The shoot was for a lingerie brand down in New Zealand where Maggie lives, put together by an organisation which aims to improve the quality of life of those who live with and have survived the disease.

Maggie looks great, but just because somewhere is brave enough to go through with a lingerie shoot doesn’t mean they don’t have body confidence issues.

“It was something I felt uncomfortable about as I was heavier than ever and having had a mastectomy and everything, but it was something that I just wanted to do for me,” Maggie told the Daily Mail Australia.

Maggie diagnosis came after she found her breasts were misshapen while showering – something she hadn’t noticed before. Two months after this first visit to the doctors, Maggie was told her cancer was incurable – something made all the worse by the fact that her husband was diagnosed with cancer at the same time.

But Maggie is still going strong, and her husband has just been discharged from oncology with no further treatment required.

The Microbiome Could Play A Role In Breast Cancer

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There are myriad ways that breast cancer can affect you, mentally and physically, but did you know there is a new potential cause of breast cancer that researchers are investigating?

It has long been understood that the microbiome in the gut (all the bacteria and fungi that live there) could play an important role in disease and the development of it.

A new line of enquiry has confirmed what many breast cancer researchers have known for a long time: that breast tissues has a microbiome of its own, and that this may play a role in the development of cancer.

A research team have shown that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methylobacterium, than it does in those with breast cancer.

“Our hope is to find a biomarker that would help us diagnose breast cancer quickly and easily. In our wildest dreams, we hope we can use microbiomics right before breast cancer forms and then prevent cancer with probiotics or antibiotics,” said co-senior author Charis Eng, chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute and director of the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare

The team also found that breast cancer patients’ urine samples had higher levels of gram positive bacteria than people without breast cancer, though scientists are unsure what roll this plays.

The study has been published in the journal Oncotarget.

Many Women ‘Don’t Know’ Breast Cancer Signs

Less than half of women are confident that they would know the outward signs of breast cancer, a new survey has found.

The global survey conducted by Avon questioned 19,000 people and revealed that 42 per cent were confident of being able to recognise outward changes to their breasts as a sign of breast cancer.

But that still leaves 58 per cent who are unsure of what the early signs of breast cancer are. Worryingly, the survey also found that 60 per cent would wait to seek medical advice because of embarrassment, fear, or because they don’t have regular access to a doctor.

Dr Paul Goss, chairman of the Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, commented: “There is still much work to be done in raising awareness of breast cancer, particularly its signs, risks and how to act on concerns about it.”

According to the NHS, possible outward signs of breast cancer include dimpling on the skin of your breasts, a rash on or around your nipple, a change in the shape or size of your nipple, a lump or swelling in either armpit and either of your breasts changing shape or size.

Most women are aware that lumps need to be checked as soon as they are found, but this isn’t the only indication that you could have the disease.

Awareness of breast cancer has certainly grown in recent years and with celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John and, most recently, Julia Louis-Dreyfus openly sharing their battles with the illness there has been more discussion and openness about it.

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Olivia Newton-John ‘Positive’ Despite Breast Cancer Return

Grease star Olivia Newton-John has opened up about her latest battle with breast cancer, after learning several months ago that the disease had returned.

The actress had spent 25 years in remission before the news was broken that the cancer had returned and has spread to her lower back region. Despite the revelation, Ms Newton-John has resolved to remain upbeat.

In the past, Ms Newton-John underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction as part of her journey to recovery. Speaking to the Today show, the star said that she believes it’s possible to live with cancer as long as the necessary care is taken.

“I think you can live with cancer, like you can live with other things if you take care of yourself,” she said, adding that she made a conscious decision to have a positive outlook in spite of the news.

The actress said that her battles with cancer inspire her to help others experiencing the disease; she was instrumental in establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in Melbourne, Australia – a comprehensive cancer centre that also provides therapy, art activities, yoga and massage, among other services, for cancer patients and their families.

She went on to comment that having cancer has taught her that she is stronger than she thought and that she prefers to be called a cancer thriver rather than a survivor, saying: “Survivor sounds like someone clinging onto a lifeboat – a thriver’s someone that’s already off the boat and on land.”

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Tibetan Yoga ‘Reduces’ Side Effects Of Chemotherapy

Breast cancer patients currently going through chemotherapy might want to give Tibetan yoga a go, as new research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has found that it can help you sleep better.

Sleep disturbances, insomnia, excessive drowsiness and poor sleep quality are some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. But the study found that Tibetan yoga – which keeps you in continuous movement instead of stationary positions – helps people to sleep better, the Daily Mail reports.

The study authors now hope that these findings can help prepare women with breast cancer diagnoses to face chemotherapy – and they want doctors to now recommend this practice to their patients.

Dr Lorenzo Cohen explained that Tibetan yoga was picked for the research because the practice is so gentle, with patients sat down throughout their yoga sessions.

“Physicians need to encourage patients to engage in mind-body practices. While the effects of this intervention were modest, it is encouraging to see that the women who practiced yoga outside of class had improved sleep outcomes over time,” he went on to say.

If you want to get started with your yoga practice, look into the Five Tibetan Rites, also often referred to as the Fountain of Youth, so-called because it strengthens and stretches all the primary muscles in your body, and can also help with balance.

The first Rite involves standing with arms outstretched and palms facing the floor. Keep your arms in line with your shoulders and your feet hip distance apart. Lift the crown of your head towards the ceiling, then spin around clockwise until you feel a bit dizzy. Gradually increase the number of spins from two up to 21 – but do this over time, not all at once!

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Breast Cancer Survivor Pushing For Earlier Screening

One woman who has survived breast cancer that was caused by a genetic mutation believes that women who are identified as being at risk of this form of the disease should be able to start having screening earlier.

Nicola Naish told iNews that she believes her cancer could have been caught more quickly had she started having screening earlier. She was just about to turn 40 when she was diagnosed with the illness and had found a lump before her first mammogram on the NHS.

She was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, for which she had to undergo rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as a double mastectomy.

“I still think it needn’t have been a stage 3 for me. I really believe doctors might have picked something up earlier, maybe stage 1 or 2 [if I had been checked earlier],” she told the news provider.

Nicola is also very vocal about raising awareness of the illness and of the importance of talking about it within families where a genetic mutation increases the risk. She is the seventh member of her family to be diagnosed with the condition, and explained that she’s been very honest with her daughter Elka about what it means for her in the future.

Elka was only nine when Nicola was diagnosed, but she said that she let her “see and understand and ask as many questions as she wanted, so she’s very aware”.

Scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK recently announced that they had come up with a more accurate way of predicting a woman’s breast cancer risk based on familial history and are hoping that this can be adopted in the health service.

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Family History Could Help Better Predict Breast Cancer

Diagnosing breast cancer early is just one of the many challenges presented by this disease – and other forms of cancer. But now scientists believe they have found a way to use a person’s family history to better predict their risk of developing breast cancer.

Familial history is an important risk factor in approximately ten per cent of breast cancer cases, and being able to use this information more accurately could lead to less stress for the women involved as well as more accurate predictions.

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research have developed a more accurate method of assessing this risk, which includes looking at the number of relatives in someone’s family diagnosed with the disease, their age at the time of diagnosis and the type of relative they are.

Using this information alongside existing models can better predict someone’s risk of developing breast cancer, they revealed.

Rather than putting people into a category of risk, the new system provides a score on a continuum, which is a more precise risk figure.

The research has been carried out as part of the Breast Cancer Now Generations Study, which is exploring the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that can contribute to a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

More than 113,000 women in the UK are being followed for 40 years as part of the study, which began in 2004, and has already identified over 90 common genetic challenges that are associated with the development of breast cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John Advocates Medicinal Cannabis

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has been opening up about her latest battle with breast cancer and recently she talked to Australia’s Daily Telegraph about how she has been managing the disease since its return last year.

Her initial cancer diagnosis came in 1992 when she found a lump during a self-examination, and despite successfully beating the disease with chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy, it returned in 2016, but this time in her sacrum.

Speaking to the newspaper she said that the second diagnosis wasn’t a complete shock and that she was better prepared. “[This time I had] the wisdom to know I had dealt with it before and could do it again,” she stated.

Olivia also revealed that she is responding well to the treatment, adding that she’s found using medical cannabis has been incredibly helpful for pain and healing.

As the star currently lives in California, the drug is easy to obtain and legal. “It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal,” she asserted.

She said that she intends to do what she can to make access to medical cannabis easier in her home country of Australia, where it has been legalised but is still difficult to get hold of.

In the UK, cannabis isn’t legal, even for medical use, although there is a cannabis-based product called Sativex that can be prescribed in limited circumstances.

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Scottish Students Launch Breast Cancer Awareness Group

Women in the UK are only invited for breast cancer screenings on the NHS when they reach 50, so it is crucial younger women are aware that they must self-check correctly.

One group of plucky students in Scotland is raising awareness to tackle late detection of breast cancer in young people by organising events on campus and driving home the message that teenagers and twenty-somethings must take mammary matters into their own hands – quite literally.

Robert Gordon University’s student body had launched a new group called the RGU Uni Boob Team, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports.

The Uni Boob Team is part of the Coppa Feel movement, which encourages young women to check their breasts regularly, giving advice for self-checking and identifying the early signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

The group also stresses the case to ask a doctor if symptoms persist, discouraging people from holding off because they do not consider the matter an emergency, or are embarrassed.

A spokesperson for the RGU Uni Boob Team said they will be “hollering out message loud and proud around campus and hosting events such as club nights, fashion shows and parties”.

Currently, women in the UK are invited for NHS screenings between their 50th and 53rd birthdays, with the scheme running until a woman’s 70th birthday, but the health service is rolling out a trial extension of the programme to those aged 47 to 73.

Women with a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer are eligible for breast cancer screenings before the age of 50.

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Angelina Effect ‘Not Working’ To Increase Genetic Screening

Actress Angelina Jolie famously opened up about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after a simple genetic test showed she carried the BRCA1 gene, which significantly increases your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

In 2013, when she underwent the surgery, it was hoped that her openness about her decision would encourage more women to have and potentially take preventative measures.

However, new research in the US conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health found that over 80 per cent of women with a history of either type of cancer have not taken the genetic test, or even discussed it with their healthcare provider.

This equates to between 1.2 and 1.3 million women in the US. Lead author of the study Dr Christopher Childers said that although identifying the mutated gene is important for “surgical decision making and cancer therapy”, there is more to it than that.

“If individuals are aware that they have these mutations, they can take steps to lower their future cancer risk,” he explained.

Earlier this month, Emma Hannigan wrote an article for the Express about her battles with cancer since genetic testing revealed she had the BRCA1 gene.

She has battled cancer ten times in the past decade, with her first diagnosis coming at the age of just 34. Despite undergoing a double mastectomy and having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, she still developed the disease.

During her time in hospital, she has written 12 best-selling novels in Ireland and speaks of how she doesn’t want the disease to define her. It’s an inspiring story, one that Emma herself describes as “a tale of hope and positivity”.

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Olivia Newton-John ‘Feeling Good’ Amid Cancer Battle

Just because you have battled cancer, or are still fighting that battle, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel good about yourself – precisely why we’ve created mastectomy swimsuits to make you feel fabulous about yourself next time you head to the pool or beach.

Grease star Olivia Newton-John is one such brave lady, who is currently fighting this horrible disease, but this week she told the world she was ‘feeling good’ despite it all. She was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1992 where she had various treatments and a mastectomy to combat the disease.

However, 25 years on from her first diagnosis the sad news that her cancer had returned and metastasised to an area of bone was revealed to the world. Olivia has kept a low profile since her diagnosis, not partaking in any media interviews.

Yet, this week she released a statement in which she said “I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family, friends and my loyal fans. I am totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!”

Alongside her successful singing and acting career she runs the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which organises various fundraising events in an effort to raise funds to further support cancer research in the hope of finding a cure. One such upcoming event the centre has organised is the Wellness Walk and Research Run. We hope it raises a large sum in light of Olivia’s recent news.

After all, Olivia is a beacon of positivity – she has also spoke of her belief that a cure will be found for the disease in her lifetime.

New Test Could Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence

There has been a breakthrough for women who have had breast cancer and are concerned about their cancer returning.

Researchers have found that immune cells clustering around the breast cancer tumour could lead to a greater level of recurrence in some women, whereas those who didn’t experience this, have a lower chance of recurrence.

Breast cancer patients whose immune cells showed the clustering behaviour when they had breast cancer had a 23 per cent higher chance it would return in 5 years, and a 25 per cent higher chance of having their breast cancer return within 10 years.

One of the benefits of this finding is that it may help to identify which women would benefit from radiotherapy and which ones could give it a miss and get on with healing.

Women with oestrogen sensitive breast cancer are most at risk of dying if it recurs after about five years. Targeting this subgroup of women who have immune clustering as part of the oestrogen sensitive breast cancer means they can be singled out for radiotherapy treatment which may help the risk of relapse.

Lead scientist, Dr Yinyin Yuan, said: “Larger studies are needed before an immune hotspot test could come to the clinic, but in future such a test could pick out patients at the highest risk of their cancer returning. It might also be possible to predict which patients would respond to immunotherapy.”

In the future doctors could use an automated tool which could analyse the degree of immune cell clustering to predict the likelihood of the cancer returning.

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Brave Mum Covers Mastectomy Scars With Lily Tattoo

A 53-year-old mum of two who was left with numerous operation scars after being diagnosed with cancer twice has decided to cover her scars up with a tattoo of her favourite flower, the lily.

Kathleen Ellwood from Symington in South Lanarkshire decided to reveal her tattoo in order to help inspire other women, telling the Daily Record: “I never worried about the scars on my body and never once regretted my decision not to have reconstruction surgery when I had my breast removed. But when I reached the five-year anniversary of being cancer free after my second breast cancer diagnosis, I wanted to do something to mark how I feel – that every day should be a celebration of life.”

Ms Ellwood is now due to appear as a model in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show, joining 23 other courageous women as they hit the runway after a breast cancer diagnosis. It’s taking place on October 26th, with the day including a drinks reception and three-course lunch, or a four-course dinner if you opt for the evening do.

After being five years cancer-free, sadly Ms Ellwood was diagnosed with breast cancer again, explaining that she was then told she would need a mastectomy and adding that it was harder for her to be diagnosed for the second time… but she had no intention of letting it overwhelm her.

Although she didn’t opt for the mastectomy, she explained that it was hard for her to adapt to her new body shape but you come to learn what looks good on you and what suits – and even to “embrace your new look”.

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Michelle Heaton Promotes Body Confidence Campaign

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Celebrity Michelle Heaton first burst on our screen appearing on reality show Popstars and then going on the have worldwide success in the band Liberty X. Over the past few years, she’s been back into the limelight with news of her health issues.

Three years ago, Michelle revealed to the world that in 2012, she had chosen to undergo a double mastectomy and further reconstruction surgeries after being told by specialist that she had the mutated BRA2 gene according to The Daily Mail.

This news meant her chances of developing breast cancer increased by 80 per cent and, furthermore, the chance of developing ovarian cancer increased by 30 per cent.

Two years later, she made the decision to undergo a hysterectomy in which her womb, ovaries, cervix and fallopian tubes are all removed to strongly reduce the risk of the cancer developing.

Recently, she appeared on Loose Women in light of their highly-commended body confidence campaign, in which all the hosts stripped off for a photoshoot and embraced all their individual different sizes and shapes in a bid to help other women.

Michelle for the first time since her surgery showed off her body in a bikini revealing her scars from her mastectomy, hysterectomy and caesarean sections from the birth of her children. A real lesson in body confidence for brave ladies – in showing that there are other people out there like you in the same boat.

Breast Cancer Patients Set For Catwalk

Breast Cancer Care will be hosting its London Fashion Show in September this year, and one woman who has been battling the condition has opened up about being selected to appear in the fashion show, and how breast cancer has impacted her life as a whole.

Speaking to the Ledbury Reporter, Laura Hunter revealed that she feels “privileged” to have been chosen as one of 30 models to take part, out of more than 250 applicants. All the women selected to appear on the catwalk have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Laura was just 24 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now two and a half years later she’s participating in this national event to help raise awareness of the condition.

She explained she’s lost a lot of her confidence since the diagnosis, describing how difficult it was to deal with losing all her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.

“I felt completely unfeminine and I struggled to recognise myself, especially with facing weight gain from steroids and treatment,” she revealed.

But Laura added that she hopes appearing in the fashion show can help other people going through something similar to see that “you can still feel good about yourself and you can find a new identity, however much you may miss the ‘old’ you”.

Last month, another breast cancer patient Pam Betts talked openly about her treatment for the disease, including her decision to have a double mastectomy.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo She said she felt the biggest stigma came from a fear that “you won’t feel like yourself anymore”, but revealed that Angelina Jolie’s decision to have the procedure had led to more of her friends talking about it.

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Men Raise Over £20,000 For Breast Cancer

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One group of men decided to raise money on their summer holiday this year, as part of their annual Tour de Lard, run for the past three years to raise money for breast cancer.

Raising over £20,000 for breast cancer, by driving a fleet of pink ‘old bangers’ across France through towns with breast-related names in northern France, before ending up in the Breton town of Brest, the group of men from Bristol completed a number of challenges on the fundraiser, while they drove

The Tour de Lard was organised by Charles Gutteridge, a Mercedes technician from the village of Rushden, along with the rest of the team.

“We bought three old bangers for £300 each and I spent weeks working on them. Another one of the lads spent weeks organising the route, and another booked all the campsites.

“We drove down the back roads and there were a series of challenges we had to do. On the ferry over we had to find anyone who was wearing pink and take a picture with them,” Charles explains.

It was the third time the group have taken part in the Brest or Bust challenge which left Bristol on 2 June and returned on the 20 June.

The group previously raised over £20,000 by driving reliant robins over the French Alps.

Donations can still be made to the Tour de Lard via their online fundraising page mydonate.bt.com/teams/tourdelard3

NHS Strikes Deal On New Breast Cancer Drug

There has been some excellent news for women up and down the country suffering from breast cancer this month, with the NHS announcing that it will now make an innovative breast cancer drug available to patients.

Kadcyla was previously rejected for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on cost grounds, much to campaigners’ dismay.

However, the NHS has revealed that it has struck a deal with manufacturer Roche to lower the cost of providing the drug. At its full list price, it would have cost the NHS around £90,000 per patient.

The new price has not been disclosed, but Kadcyla will now be routinely available on the NHS. It is licensed for use in those with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and is not responding to other treatment.

Taking Kadcyla can extend patients’ lives by around six months, as well as improving their quality of life during that time.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of Breast Cancer Now, described the decision as “exceptionally good news”.

She added that she was “absolutely delighted” that the NHS and NICE had shown flexibility, and that Roche had agreed to compromise on price, noting that this means “thousands of women with incurable breast cancer will be given precious time to live”.

This isn’t the only recent example where a drug company has made a compromise to help patients. Last month, Pfizer announced it would provide Ibrance (palbociclib) for free for five months while NICE deliberates over its funding for use on the NHS.

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New Breast Cancer Chemo Drug ‘Offers Better Quality Of Life’

New chemotherapy drug capecitabine has been proven to offer breast cancer patients a better quality of life, the results of a new trial by Cancer Research UK has indicated.

It was also found to be as effective at preventing a return of the disease as alternative course of treatment CMF, when administered after other drug epriubicin.

Patients were found to have fewer side effects, while those taking CMF were more likely to experience severe effects like thrombosis, infection, anaemia, nausea and early menopause.

“Using patient-reported data was extremely valuable because we could learn what patients find tolerable and where they struggle to cope during treatment. This new approach to chemotherapy may benefit a range of breast cancer patients, including younger women who want to preserve their fertility,” clinical director of the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre professor David Cameron said.

During the trial, patients were followed up yearly for at least ten years to see if the cancer returned, with over 85 per cent of patients not seeing the disease come back for at least five years.

According to the organisation, breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK (apart from non-melanoma skin cancer) and is by far the most common form of cancer to be found in women. Some one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime here in the UK, with risk factors including getting older, drinking alcohol, being overweight or obese and family history.

Having a sister, mother or daughter diagnosed with the disease approximately doubles the risk of breast cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John Confirms Breast Cancer Has Returned

Sad news to report this week – everyone’s favourite Grease star Olivia Newton-John has just confirmed that her breast cancer has returned and has now spread to her back.

The 68-year-old singer/actress first underwent treatment for the disease back in 1992, aged just 43. At the time, she had a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction following chemotherapy, the Daily Telegraph reports.

A post on her Facebook page read: “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”

Since she was first diagnosed, Newton-John has been a campaigner for breast cancer research and opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne back in 2008.

If you too have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be really difficult to tell your family and friends but the more openly you talk about it the easier others will find it to help you and respond to your needs.

Some people in your life might find it hard to deal with your diagnosis and may try and avoid talking to you, which can be hurtful. Others may also be insensitive or say something inappropriate if they feel awkward, but remember that talking about your diagnosis is an important step towards processing what is happening to you so you can think beyond the disease and how you can move forward afterwards.

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Breast Cancer Drug Offered For Free While NHS Deliberates Over Costs

Thousands of breast cancer patients in the UK look set to benefit from the free supply of Ibrance (palbociclib) by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which has pledged to provide the medication for up to five months for eligible women until the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) decides whether it will pay for it to be used across the NHS.

According to the Daily Telegraph, approximately 2,400 women could benefit from this particular drug, which can prolong life by an average of ten months. And Pfizer has said it will carry on supplying the drug for free even if the NICE does decide against funding it.

Ibrance itself is for those with hormone positive HER2 negative breast cancer that has not previously been treated and which has spread around the body.

Director of policy and engagement at Breast Cancer Now Fiona Hazell was quoted by the news source as saying: “This is an unexpected lifeline for thousands of women living with this type of breast cancer. We are delighted that Pfizer have listened to our campaigners and have found a way to enable patients to access this first-in-class drug in the short term.

“While only an interim measure, more than 16 women every day could have their lives changed by this drug during this window.”

It’s important to note the side-effects of any medication, however, and Ibrance may cause low white blood cell counts that could result in serious infections. Doctors should always check white blood cell counts before and during treatment.

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