Moments That Count has been developed and funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited and is intended for a UK general public audience.

There is help out there

Why planning ahead is important

End of life planning with secondary breast cancer allows people involved in your healthcare to understand how you would like to be cared for if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. End of life planning is important with regards to your family and personal finances too. Writing down your wishes is a great way of ensuring they are carried out if you can no longer voice them.

End of life considerations

Taking a moment to plan

Many people take the time during or after their treatment to plan ahead. This is called advance care planning. There are a few ways you can plan ahead with secondary breast cancer and several legal documents you can use too. Your healthcare team will have more information about these.

It's a good idea to plan ahead while you are still well enough to do so. Writing down your preferences and wishes is a good place to start. Below are a few things you can begin thinking about:

  • How would you like to be cared for when you become less well?
  • Where would you like to be when you are approaching the end of your life?
  • Who do you want looking after your affairs when you're no longer able to?

It can also be beneficial to appoint somebody who could make decisions on your behalf, if you find you're unable to. This is called a power of attorney, and they can make decisions about your property and finances, or your health and welfare.

You can talk about advance care planning with your GP, specialist doctor or nurse, or palliative care team. It can also be helpful to speak with family and friends, or patient support groups to gather advice.

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Planning for when things go wrong or don't go as planned

Alistair provides tips on how to plan for managing a long-term condition, reinforcing that a lapse is never a relapse - it is an opportunity to learn and reflect.

You are not alone

Meet other patients making their moments count

Each person living with breast cancer has a unique story to tell. Sometimes, the stories we read in the news or online do not reflect the journey many people living with primary or secondary breast cancer have experienced.

The Moments That Count breast cancer campaign hopes to raise awareness of what it's truly like to live with this disease and features contributions from some inspirational women with breast cancer who have shared their very own moments that count from their journeys.

You know you best

Make your next appointment count

Your healthcare team is your best resource throughout your treatment. Talk openly and often with them about your doubts, questions and concerns. We have developed a guide to support you in having these conversations with some tips to help you find the information you need.

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Moments That Count has been developed and funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited. It has been created in collaboration with secondary breast cancer patients whose knowledge and insights have informed the content and direction for the campaign.

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Reporting side-effects
If you get side effects with any medication you are taking, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the information leaflet that comes in the pack. You can report side effects via the Yellow Card Scheme at By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of your medication.

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