FROM THE EDITOR
Would you travel overseas for lifesaving treatment? That’s the reality for Lisa Laird, from Queensland, who’s one of thousands of Australians heading to foreign shores to receive medication they couldn’t access here.
For the past three years, Lisa has been travelling to Hong Kong up to 12 times in as many months to get palbociclib, a class of drug used to delay the progression of metastatic breast cancer, that although approved for sale in Australia last year, has yet to be listed on the PBS here.
The treatment has so far cost Lisa and her husband, Guy, more than $ 60,000 – not to mention the physical and emotional cost of all that long-haul travel – but she says it’s all worth it as it’s helping her live as full a life as possible, or as she describes it, “life without the handbrake on”.
Turn to page 4 to read her moving story and find out more about the new drugs fighting advanced breast cancer. And to do your bit to help this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, don’t forget to buy a pink ribbon product – you’ll find some of our favourites on the page opposite.
Elsewhere in this issue, our expert panel answer all your skin questions to make sure you’ll look and feel your best when it comes to baring all this summer. From the latest hair-removal techniques to how to nail the perfect false tan, we’ve got you covered from page 6. Have a great week!