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BCNA News 12 Nov 2015

BCNA wins international grant

BCNA and Palliative Care Australia (PCA) have been awarded an international grant to develop a new toolkit of resources to help women with secondary breast cancer to understand palliative care and the benefits of accessing it early.

Many people think palliative care is just for people in the final stages of life, however palliative care has much to offer women from soon after their diagnosis with secondary breast cancer. 

BCNA CEO Christine Nolan said BCNA wants women with secondary breast cancer to feel empowered to make decisions about palliative care. 

‘Palliative care can assist with symptoms such as pain and nausea to improve quality of life and help women live well,’ she said. ‘There are also benefits for women and their families in getting to know their palliative care team early.’

A number of resources will be developed as part of the project, including brochures, videos and website material so women are better informed about palliative care and can better access it.

The grant has been awarded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) The Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community: Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge, funded by Pfizer.