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Re: Eribulin

Hi Susan 

Thank you for your post asking about eribulin that is being offered to your daughter. You ask if eribulin is given as a last resort. There are many different treatments for secondary breast cancer and these can be given in a variety of ways according to different treatment teams. 

The aim of treating secondary breast cancer is to control the cancer and its symptoms. Eribulin will be given for as long as the cancer is kept under control and may be switched to a different treatment if it is no longer controlling the cancer or if your daughter is experiencing significant side effects.  

We are not able to comment on individual circumstances, but it may be helpful to talk with daughter’s treatment team or breast care nurse to discuss which further options may be considered in the future. 

We provide a number of different services for people living with secondary breast cancer aimed at providing both information and support which might be helpful to you and your daughter.  

Our helpline team are here for anyone diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and their loved ones. They have time to listen to your concerns, talk things through and/or signpost you to more support and/or information. 

At times like this, some people find it helpful to talk with others who are going through a similar experience.   

For your daughter, we have a secondary breast cancer online discussion forum for sharing information and support.  There is also a weekly Live chat session which runs on Tuesdays at 8.30-9.30pm.   

Both services allow people to talk over their experiences and offer support to each other.    

Virtual group support services 

Our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer Online programme and virtual meetings enable you to access specialist information and share experiences, understanding and support with people who are also dealing with the uncertainty and challenges that secondary breast cancer brings.   

The virtual meetings are relaxed and offer time to talk about what’s on your mind with others who understand, in a safe confidential space with a group of around six to 12 people.   

Each virtual meeting is facilitated by one of our experienced counsellors who will welcome you when you join. You can choose to attend as often, or as many, as you like. We hold around six virtual sessions a month on Zoom, you can see upcoming dates and times via the link above. 

We also run regular live speaker sessions online where you can hear from expert guest speakers on relevant topics, with plenty of opportunity for questions.   

To register for the online programme, virtual meetings, or both  complete our online registration form.   

Alternatively, if you have any questions about the programme or virtual meetings you can contact us on secondaryservices@breastcancernow.org or 0345 077 1893.  

Face to face group support services 

Some of our face to face Living with Secondary Breast Cancermonthly sessions have restarted following the pandemic. These meetings also give you the chance to meet and share experiences with other people who understand what you’re going through because they’re going through it too.  

In a safe and relaxed environment, our regular sessions provide information about all aspects of living with the disease, as well as the chance to meet and talk openly with other people with the same diagnosis. 

Held in various locations across the UK and each support session is led by a qualified therapist with group facilitation skills and relevant counselling experience.  

You can also hear from expert speakers about a range of topics such as pain management, side-effects, fatigue, clinical trials and benefits, and have a chance to ask questions. There’s the opportunity to find out about other available support and services too. 

People are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. Refreshments (including lunch at longer sessions) are provided. You can search for current locations dates on the above link or call 0345 077 1893 for more information. 

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. We often find we can help people more by speaking to them on the phone. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.  

The number is 0808 800 6000, (Relay UK -prefix 18001). 

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am - 1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.  

Thank you for contacting us. Please contact us again in the future if you have any further queries. 

Kind regards  


Breast Care Nurse 

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My daughter has secondary breast cancer and has now been put on eribulin. Is this drug a last resort or is there any more chemo drugs that can be used after.