Artist Penny Kember, who paints under the name Merthyr Ruxton, will open a new exhibition this week at the Railway St Studios in Newmarket, Auckland.
Following her own diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer some years ago Penny has generously agreed to donate a portion of the sales proceeds to the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC).
A recently published paper by a New Zealand surgeon comparing breast cancer survival rates in Australia and New Zealand reveals lower overall survival rates at five years for New Zealand women, with Māori and Pacific survival found to be significantly worse than other ethnicities.
Following a case late last year where a Rotorua woman was denied delayed breast reconstruction after having a double mastectomy, a Waikato surgeon is urging patients to request a reconstruction at the outset of their treatment to avoid this happening.
Late last month, it was announced that the Intrabeam radiotherapy technology that delivers a single shot dose of radiation to women with early breast cancer will be available in the public health system in Australia from July 2015. So, will New Zealand follow suit?
Breast cancer patients in Wellington who receive Herceptin will soon be treated in a dedicated chemotherapy unit which aims to give them a faster service, easier access and a better overall experience.
BCAC will meet the new Minister of Health, Jonathan Coleman, in March 2015 to highlight issues and concerns in the breast cancer community and we need your input to help identify the key priorities.
This is your opportunity to have your voice heard so if you are aware of any issues or problems with the treatment and support of New Zealanders with breast cancer, please let us know so we can inform the Minister and offer workable solutions.
Beyond the pink ribbons, the TV advertisements encouraging early detection and the fundraising events to raise money for breast cancer are those, both women and men, who are living with metastatic breast cancer – advanced cancer which has spread through the body.