Hannah on campaigning for Enhertu

Season 5, Episode 6,   Mar 29, 09:00 AM

Hannah talks about her secondary breast cancer diagnosis, and how a drug that could extend her life has been rejected for use in the NHS.

In this episode, Laura talks to Hannah Gardner about the life-extending drug Enhertu, which has just been rejected for use on the NHS in England. This means thousands of women, including Hannah, will be denied access to a drug that could’ve given them the hope of more time to live.

Join Hannah and Breast Cancer Now in calling on NICE, NHS England and the drug companies Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca, to do everything possible to make Enhertu available on the NHS.

Hannah also shares how life with secondary breast cancer is for her and her 3-year-old daughter. She discusses her previous career as a clinical trials manager, and what it was like to be on the other side of the table when she joined a clinical trial herself. Hannah also describes the devastating impact of finding out she may be denied the drugs that could give her more time.

You can follow Hannah on Instagram @realhouseofhannah

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You can also watch this episode on YouTube.

Key Topics:
0:00 Introduction
0:24 Laura introduces Hannah
1:00 How Hannah was first diagnosed with breast cancer
3:35 Hannah's treatment
4:01 Difficulty getting the diagnosis
6:08 Hannah talks about being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer
10:36 The effect of the diagnosis on Hannah's daughter
15:33 Treatment for secondary breast cancer
16:07 Hannah's experience with clinical trials
25:01 How breast cancer affected Hannah's body image
29:59 Looking well with an invisible illness
31:40 Enhertu and HER2-low breast cancer
37:31 Breast Cancer Now's Enhertu open letter campaign
39:30 An update on Enhertu and what it means for Hannah
50:38 What you can do to help Breast Cancer Now make a difference
54:01 Differences in how primary and secondary patients are treated
57:46 What needs to change in breast cancer?