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My first experience of rare cancer diagnosis put me in a panic

Nurse specialist Alison Woods recalls her experience of a person diagnosed with angiosarcoma and offers advice on supporting patients and easing their anxieties

Nurse specialist Alison Woods recalls her experience of a person diagnosed with angiosarcoma and offers advice on supporting patients and easing their anxieties

I remember looking down the clinic list and noticed that one of the patients had an angiosarcoma , where disease has arisen from the blood vessels as a result of radiation damage following treatment.

As a breast cancer clinical nurse specialist working at University College London Hospitals, I knew this day would come because our unit has a sub-specialty in sarcoma, but it’s rare, affecting less than 1% of all patients with breast cancer.

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