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BCNA News 04 Feb 2017

New online resource to support people with metastatic breast cancer

Together with Palliative Care Australia (PCA), BCNA is proud to launch the online Palliative Care Toolkit for people living with metastatic breast cancer on World Cancer Day.

There are approximately 9,000 Australian women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. Despite the shock that comes with being diagnosed with an incurable form of breast cancer, and the complexities people face in coping with the physical and emotional impact of this disease, many people report having less access to information and support.

One of the ways people can access specialised support is through palliative care, yet there is often misunderstanding around what palliative care can offer because it can be associated with end of life care.

‘Unfortunately palliative care is a term that can arouse negative feelings in many people, partly because of its association with the end of life. This online toolkit introduces palliative care to women and men living with metastatic breast cancer in a way that seeks to address the common perception that palliative care is only for end of life care. We want people to know that it is a much broader service that can offer practical, physical and emotional support at any time after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis,’ said BCNA CEO Christine Nolan.

‘The toolkit is available free of charge for women and men to use across the country, no matter where they live. The questions can be answered from the comfort of their own home, in their own time,’ Christine said.

The Palliative Care Toolkit asks five simple questions about the sorts of concerns a person may be experiencing related to their illness, and then produces tailored information specific to these needs. It also points people in the direction of local palliative care support services in their area. 

The toolkit is also available to family, friends and carers of people living with metastatic breast cancer, is free to use and available no matter where you live. To find out more about how the toolkit can help you or a loved one, click here.