Advanced cancer, also known as secondary or metastatic breast cancer, occurs when breast cancer cells spread from the first (primary) tumour in the breast through the lymphatic or blood system to other parts of the body.

Sometimes secondary breast cancer is diagnosed at the same time as primary breast cancer, or it may be diagnosed without an earlier diagnosis of primary breast cancer. The most common parts of the body to which breast cancer spreads are the bones, the liver, lungs and the brain.

A diagnosis of secondary breast cancer means that the cancer cannot be cured, but often it can be controlled, sometimes for many years.

Sweet Louise is here to help improve the quality of life for women and men with advanced (secondary/metastatic) breast cancer. We provide practical, emotional and social support and services to help people live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

Membership is free and open to all women and men in New Zealand who have received a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer.

“There are so many knowledgeable people out there in the Sweet Louise community. People who understand how lousy a situation you are actually in, and how hard it is.” Nicola, Sweet Louise member

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Sweet Louise relies entirely on donations and grants from individuals, organisations, and corporations to continue its work helping New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer.

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If you have received a diagnosis of advanced/secondary cancer, we can help. Please complete our registration form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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