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BCNA News 06 Feb 2017

BCNA launches online survey to discover gaps in breast cancer treatment and support across Australia

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is calling on all Australians who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer to share their own personal experiences in our national survey.

BCNA’s Member Survey aims to identify the needs and issues people face when diagnosed with breast cancer. It will also help identify gaps in treatment options and support across Australia.

Christine Nolan, BCNA CEO said the Member Survey  is an opportunity for all people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to tell BCNA about their treatment and care needs, including where those needs were met and where they were not met.   

‘We know there is considerable variation across the country in terms of the health services and treatment people can access. The experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer can differ greatly depending on where you live – and that shouldn’t be the case,’ Christine said.

‘BCNA was built on the voices and experiences of those affected by this disease. Our advocacy is a significant part of our proud history and the Member Survey will help us to understand the needs of those in active treatment, those living with metastatic breast cancer and those who have finished their treatment,’ she said.

‘The role of BCNA is to provide reliable and evidence-based information and support to the 17,586 Australian women and 144 men diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and we cannot do that without a realistic understanding of how being diagnosed with breast cancer impacts people’s lives. More and more we are learning that the impact of breast cancer doesn’t stop after treatment finishes – often women and men will have support, information and psychosocial needs for many years after.’

The Member Survey was made possible through funding by Sussan, and BCNA has eight $100 Sussan gift vouchers to be won by completing the survey.