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Breast cancer


Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women the UK. About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. 

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but younger women can also develop breast cancer.

More rarely men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too; in the UK this is approximately 400 men per year

What does the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) do?

A Clinical Nurse Specialist is able to offer increased levels of support, advice and guidance to patients with cancer. All patients with cancer should have access to a CNS. They are usually present with the consultant when a diagnosis of cancer is given but if you are unsure whether you have seen one or not please feel free to ask your consultant. The CNS works closely with hospital nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to maximise the independence, dignity and quality of life of people suffering from cancer. They also liaise closely with community carers and GPs to ensure you receive the highest quality of care at home. You may see the CNS when you are on the ward, whilst having surgery, chemotherapy treatment or at the outpatient appointments. You will also be given contact details of your CNS and they can be contacted by telephone, between the hours of 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Breast CNS contact details

Via telephone 8.30am-4.30pm Monday - Friday excluding bank holidays 0118 322 7420.
Via email: breastcarenurses@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Please note messages may not be responded to until the next working day.
This is not for emergencies.

Information / website links

  • The NHS website: Information about symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and links to other useful resources.
  • Breast Cancer Care
    This is a national Charity offering a wide range of information and support services for patients diagnosed with breast cancer and for those supporting them. Phone: 0808 8006000
  • Newbury Breast Care Support Group
    The group has a programme of speakers and drop in sessions at these meetings and also have a Breast Cancer Care Support volunteer available, plus partner support and a lady who has the BRCA2 gene. Services provided include: Relative support, befriending, bereavement support, cancer information materials, home visiting, telephone helpline, transport service.
    Phone 0779 500 3040 anytime or Email: sefton@maureenledu.plus.com
  • Bosom Buddies
    Support group for those receiving or completed breast cancer treatment. Meets monthly at Spire Dunedin Hospital to hear from visiting speakers and offer the opportunity to meet with others for a chat.
    Contact Breast Care Nurses 0118 322 7420 for details of dates/times.
  • Breast Cancer Care
    The ‘Someone Like Me’ Service matches people to others in a similar situation to theirs.
  • Breast surgery support
    Offers advice for those considering reconstruction surgery
  • Flat Friends 
    Offers support for those who do not wish to have reconstruction

General support

  • ABC Diagnosis 
    Supporting primary and secondary breast cancer patients make informed choices with information and up to date news.
  • Ticking off breast cancer
    General advice to help you through treatment for breast cancer
  • Hereditary Breast cancer support
    Helpline: 01629 813000 
  • BRCA Umbrella 
    An online support forum for men and women with a hereditary risk of cancer.
  • Breast Cancer Care - breast cancer in families

Triple negative breast cancer support

  • Team Verrico 
    Charity supporting and offering advice for those diagnosed with a triple negative breast cancer.
  • Health Talk
    Healthtalk.org provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer.



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