Recent research carried out in the Waikato region has found that breast cancer patients who discontinue their endocrine therapy are more likely to have their breast cancer return or die from it than those who complete their treatment.
Blenheim woman, Tracey Eising, shares with us a moving and poignant moment of her life on the breast cancer journey. Tracey was first diagnosed with Stage 3, ER+ breast cancer in 2004 at age 37 and received a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Five years later, Tracey was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer - the cancer had spread to her liver, lungs and bones. Here, the mum of four children, shares what she describes as a 'Mother's Cry' moment:
BCAC’s meeting with the new Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan Coleman earlier this week, to discuss issues affecting breast cancer patients, has led to the Minister proposing to develop and implement a Breast Care Work Programme.
BCAC Chair, Libby Burgess says the Minister was receptive to many of the issues raised and he has directed Ministry staff to meet quarterly with BCAC to develop a high level Breast Care Work Programme.
Seven years after losing her mother to breast cancer, a Taranaki Zumba instructor will hold two Zumba dance parties and donate the proceeds to BCAC.
Taranaki District Zumba Co-ordinator, Puna Wano-Bryant, recently found out about the work of BCAC and wanted to do something. “I saw your logo and your pack (Step by Step support Pack) and went on your website and thought this is awesome. I like the way you provide support to the patients. It’s not just about research.”
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?