Understanding breast cancer

Find out how breast cancer is diagnosed, treated and how it might affect your life.

Living with breast cancer

Living with breast cancer

Living with breast cancer

Karen talks about her experience of living with breast cancer and how it affected her finances.

About our cancer information videos

Karen talks about her experience of living with breast cancer and how it affected her finances.

About our cancer information videos

General information What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.

General information Cancer and cell types

Cancers are grouped into types. Different types of cancer can behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

General information How is cancer treated?

There are five main types of cancer treatment. You may receive one treatment or a combination of treatments, depending on your cancer type.

Breast cancer Types of breast cancer

Your doctor will talk to you about which type of breast cancer you have.

Breast cancer The breasts

Breasts are made of fat, supportive (connective tissue) and glandular tissue that contains lobes (milk glands).

General information Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. Over time, these cells can form a new tumour and the cancer comes back.