Coping with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can be overwhelming, but support is available.

The team will advise who your Specialist Cancer Nurses are and provide you with their contact details. They are available Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

How can we help you?

As specialist nurses, we will use our knowledge and experience to provide information to help you, and those close to you, to understand your diagnosis and treatment. We will also be able to give you details of helpful support services.

We work closely and liaise with other healthcare professionals such as your GP, and can arrange referrals to specialist healthcare services based on your needs.

Tell us your concerns

You may have many different needs and concerns.

We offer all patients the option of meeting us face to face, or we can offer telephone or virtual appointments if you would prefer.

Before your initial appointment with us, a brief questionnaire will be sent for you to complete. This will be about your current symptoms and concerns.

Please do not feel obliged to complete this form if you would rather not, however it can help guide us with the support that you may need going forward.

Finding information and support

Coping with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can be overwhelming, but support is available.

Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now has produced a ‘Secondary Breast Cancer’ information pack that contains information about treating the disease and coping with its effect, as well as signposting you to sources of support. You can ask for a copy by calling:

Breast Cancer Now

Helpline: 0808 800 6000

Both your call and copy of the ‘Secondary Breast Cancer’ pack will be free of charge.

Meeting others

It can be hard to find anyone who understands what it is like to be diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer.

A secondary breast cancer support group is held at the Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham once a month. This provides you with the chance to meet others who understand what you are going through.

You can register to join the support group through Breast Cancer Care Now.

Breast Cancer Care Now

Tel: 0345 077 1893 or


Keeping in contact

You can telephone us contacting your Keyworker/Specialist Cancer Nurses and leave a voicemail if necessary.

While we are often busy, we will respond to your message as soon as we can, although this may not be the same working day. Please do not leave any urgent messages on the answerphone.

If you are feeling unwell and are receiving Oncology treatment, then please contact the Chemotherapy Helpline instead:

Chemotherapy Helpline

Tel: 0300 422 3444

Available 24 hours, 7 days a week

Useful contact information

Chemotherapy Helpline

Tel: 0300 422 3444

Chemotherapy Booking Appointments

Tel: 0300 422 3366

General Oncology Appointments

Tel: 0300 422 4027

Community Palliative Care Team

Tel: 0300 4225370

Gloucestershire Hospitals Switchboard

Tel: 0300 4222 222

When prompted ask for the appropriate person or department or the operator.

Cobolt Unit Cheltenham (scans)

Tel: 01242 535910


Further local information

Maggie’s Centre Cheltenham

The Lodge, College Baths Road, Cheltenham GL53 7QB

Tel: 01242 250 611

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm


Cancer Information Centre Cheltenham (Focus)

Oncology Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital

Tel: 0300 4224414

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Macmillan Cancer Support Information Hub

The Atrium, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 0300 422 8880

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm


Macmillan Next Steps Gloucester

2nd Floor, Southgate Moorings, 2 Kimbrose Way, Gloucester GL1 2DB

Tel: 0300 421 6586



Charlies Cancer Support and Therapy Centre (Gloucester)

Unit 2, Venture Business Centre, Madleaze Road, Gloucester GL1 5SL

Tel: 01452 939000



Sue Ryder Hospice (Cheltenham)

This is available to all patients who are receiving, have received or are in the process of being referred to any of our care services.

Patient Helpline: 0300 303 1395

Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice

The Gorse, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8QE

Tel: 01594 811 910



Longfield Community Hospice (Stroud)

Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire GL5 2PQ

Tel: 01453 886868

Email address:

Other support

Breast Cancer Care Now Helpline

Tel: 0808 800 6000

Macmillan Cancer Support

Tel: 0808 808 0000

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