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Coppafeel! founder Kris Hallenga on why we need more specialist … |

Coppafeel! founder Kris Hallenga on why we need more specialist …

HAVING secondary breast cancer is a full-time job, no two ways about it.

The person spec includes good organisational skills, flexibility, the ability to work independently, dedication, commitment and, most importantly, a sense of humour.


I am one of the lucky few who has an awesome nurse who specifically works with people like me

In your team you need a good oncologist who understands how much of your quality of life you are willing to sacrifice, friends to keep you smiling, a Filofax (look, I’m a child of the Eighties and I like to write stuff down) and, if you are really lucky, a nurse who can help you with appointments and managing the side-effects.

Not everyone is lucky enough to get one of these super-powered nurses, as my pals at Breast Cancer Care have recently discovered.

I knew the provisions for people with advanced cancer were poorer than for those in the early stages.

However, many women with stage-four breast cancer don’t get the support they need

But I was surprised to find that while 95 per cent of hospital trusts have nurses who can deal with early-stage breast cancer, 42 per cent don’t have specialist support for people with stage-four breast cancer.

Specialist nursing can dramatically improve the quality of life for people with incurable breast cancer.

I am one of the lucky few who has an awesome nurse who specifically works with people like me to ensure our pain, side-effects and even our death is managed.



Even the silliest things seems less silly when I speak to her – stuff my oncologist doesn’t need to hear, as he deals with the keep-me-alive stuff.

Basically, my superwoman nurse helps keep me sane.

The UK has some of the best cancer care in the world but I too often forget that those provisions aren’t available for everyone, everywhere in the UK.

The UK has some of the best cancer services in the world

But they currently aren’t available to enough people
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Until I moved to Cornwall, I wasn’t aware these nurses existed – and now I have one, I wonder how I ever coped before.

Finding out what your local hospice has to offer in the way of palliative care can be really useful.

I have taken advantage of complementary therapies, counselling and pain management through charities like Marie Curie.

It’s up to us to make up for the funding shortfall in the NHS and luckily, there are some incredible organisations who will help when your hospital trust can’t.

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