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BCC comment on new drug treatment for secondary breast cancer

Comment on research stating that a compound found in cannabis may be effective in stopping the spread of cancer cells throughout the body.

Maria Leadbeater, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Secondary Breast Cancer, at Breast Cancer Care, said:

"Many people experience side effects while having chemotherapy, such as nausea and an increased risk of infection, which can take both a physical and emotional toll.

"Any drug that has fewer side effects will, of course, be of great interest. We know from talking daily to people with breast cancer that they welcome any developments that provide them with more treatment options.

"While CBD compounds may help breast cancer patients in the future, it is clear that much more research needs to be carried out before this drug can be used in a clinical setting.

"It is important that people currently living with advanced breast cancer receive full information on the range of treatments currently available. Anyone with questions about advanced, or primary, breast cancer can call Breast Cancer Care's helpline on 0808 800 6000.


Anyone with breast cancer or breast health concerns should contact Breast Cancer Care's helpline (0808 800 6000) or visit

For further media information, please contact

Ian Manley

Press Officer

0207 960 3450

Out of office hours - 07702 901 334


Notes to editors:

Breast Cancer Care has been working for over 30 years to make a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. We provide accurate, easy to understand information as well as practical and emotional support. We are the only charity working across the UK to provide these services. Every year we reach over one million people through our website, helpline, publications, person to person support and health promoting activities, all of which are offered free. We are committed to campaigning for better treatment and support for people with breast cancer and their families.

Ian Manley
National and regional press and PR officer

Breast Cancer Care

Tel: 0207 960 3450

Email: ianm@breastcancercare.org.uk


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