Make 2nds Count is a UK-wide patient and family focused 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.

There are 61,000 men and women in the UK right now living with secondary breast cancer. Every month, 1,000 people will lose their lives to this incurable disease.

They leave behind a trail of stories untold, voices unheard, and deeply cherished connections. These stories cannot go unheard.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), we are shining a light on the many realities of living with secondary breast cancer by sharing stories of 1,000 Truths. These are stories from mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, friends, and colleagues. From professionals who support, comfort, and care.

Add your voice to our 1,000 Truths campaign to show the many realities of living with secondary breast cancer.

CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR VOICE 

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.

Patient Trials Advocates

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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Peak District Ultra Challenge

Take on the fabulous Peak District as a walk, jog or a run, and you’ll get the famous ‘Ultra Challenge’ support & hospitality all the way – enabling you to push yourself further. From the Bakewell basecamp the full 100 km challenge heads out past Chatsworth House, and on through varied terrain on a figure of 8 route with some stunning views. With half, quarter & 10 mile challenge options also available, plus optional camping packages at basecamp – there’s an unforgettable Ultra Challenge weekend for
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Make 2nds Count Announces Samantha Dixon as Newly Appointed CEO

Seasoned Leader Brings Extensive Experience with Influencing Policy Changes and Her Passion for Addressing Inequality in Women's Health and Wellbeing to the Role We are delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Dixon as our new Chief Executive Officer. With nearly three decades of experience in the voluntary sector, Samantha’s career has consistently focused on increasing the impact of available services, promoting innovation and addressing inequality, particularly in women's health and wellbeing, and she is committed to amplifying the voices of women with secondary breast cancer, increasing research funding, and improving support services.

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34 days ago

Generous grant from National Lottery Community Fund will help support services in Northern Ireland

Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been awarded a grant of £18,157 that will help to support our monthly Tea & Chat friendship support group in Northern Ireland and enable 22 women living with secondary breast cancer to attend our two-day 2nds Together Retreat in Antrim in July for rest, relaxation and peer-to-peer support. Claire O’Donnell, our Support & Patient Engagement Manager, said: “The retreats enable long-lasting friendships to be formed, helping to ease the pressures of living with secondary breast cancer.

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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.