Make 2nds Count is a UK-wide patient and family focussed charity dedicated to giving hope to women and men living with secondary breast cancer.

Research into secondary breast cancer is underfunded. Make 2nds Count’s mission is to fund secondary breast cancer research which contributes to advancing an increased quality of life for patients.

Our Support programme has a focus on quality of life and helping patients affected by this incurable disease by informing, sharing and offering practical advice & support.

Education is an integral part in everything that we do and we aim to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer through effective marketing and education programmes across the UK. We also empower patients through increasing their knowledge and understanding of research, treatments and options.

Together we can Make 2nds Count!

Signs & Symptoms of Secondary Breast Cancer

We hear about breast cancer on almost a daily basis, yet many people have never heard of secondary (metastatic) breast cancer even though the disease kills on average 1,000 people every single month in the UK alone. Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer is the biggest killer of women under 50 in the UK, and approximately 61,000 women are living with this incurable form of breast cancer in the UK alone.

Secondary breast cancer, also known as metastatic, advanced or stage IV breast cancer, is a cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. Parts of the body affected are usually the bones, liver, lungs, brain or the skin. 

Secondary breast cancer can be treated but it cannot be cured. Treatments aim to control and slow down the disease to enable patients to have the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.

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 This year we are bringing the community together for the first national patient-focused conference in the UK for secondary (metastatic) breast cancer. 

 

Becoming your own advocate is an integral part of living alongside secondary breast cancer. We know how challenging it can be to navigate the world of medical terminology and clinical guidelines, so we are creating an event that will empower our community through increased knowledge and understanding of research, treatments and options.

Registration for an in-person place at the 2024 Summit is now OPEN. Please complete the registration form below to register your interest.

SUMMIT REGISTRATION

A live streaming service on the day will make the educational content available to the community at home. Details of how to access the live stream will be shared soon.

Support

Make 2nds Count is a charity that aims to enable people affected by secondary breast cancer to live as long and as fulfilled a life as possible.  

 

Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and coping with treatment plans can put pressure on not only your physical health but also your mental health and wellbeing.  

With a focus on quality of life, our support programmes helps patients and families affected by this incurable disease by informing, sharing and offering practical advice & support.

To find out about all our upcoming Community Support Events visit   Community Support Events Calander

Patient Trials Advocate Service

The Patient Trial Advocate service is here to help secondary breast cancer patients potentially find a clinical trial and to support them through the clinical trial process.

The Patient Trials Advocates (PTA) are senior research nurses with experience in secondary breast cancer and clinical trials. If you are a patient with metastatic breast cancer and interested in seeking advice about a clinical trial, please complete a referral form and book a slot to speak with one of our Patient Trial Advocates.

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UK Clinical Trial Registry

In 2021 Make 2nds Count conducted a the MSBC research study and from this survey 87% of secondary breast cancer patients said they would likely use a patient friendly clinical trial registry specific to secondary breast cancer.

The aim of the registry is to provide secondary breast cancer patients with a single list of actively recruiting trials, alongside their locations. 

UK CLINICAl TRIAL REGISTRY

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2K a Day Challenge

Join us in our virtual daily challenge to walk, jog or run 2k a day

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Lianne gets ready for the Falkirk Wheel Abseil Challenge

Next month sees the launch of one of our new fundraising challenges: Abseiling the Falkirk Wheel! Lianne from the Make 2nds Count Fundraising Team will be taking part in this epic challenge to raise money to help support secondary breast cancer patients.

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Marette Edwards Story and fundraising for M2C

We recently caught up with one of our ambassadors Marette, who's husband has signed up to take part in the London Marathon in April. We wanted to know a bit about Marette and why her husband has choose to fundraise for Make 2nds Count.

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UK Clinical Trial Registry

The aim of the registry is to provide secondary breast cancer patients with a single list of actively recruiting trials, alongside their locations.

2nds Together Retreats

We want to help everyone de-stress, relax and build friendships with others living with secondary breast cancer, giving a much needed break from life on constant treatment.

2nds Support Hub

The 2nds Support Hub aims to make it simpler for patients to find what groups and services are available online and in your region to help patients navigate life with secondary breast cancer.

Patient Trial Advocate Service

If you are a patient with metastatic breast cancer, under the care of the South East of Scotland and interested in seeking advice about a clinical trial, please complete the referral form below and book a slot to speak with Vivienne, our trials nurse.

Tea & A Chat

"Firstly I must say I do love chatting to you ladies, it is helping me feel not so isolated in these early days." Rachel Stewart

Make 2nds Count Resources

We have support and about us leaflets available to download or as hard copies.