Metastatic cancer

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

WOMEN with metastatic breast cancer are lag­ging be­hind in sur­vival rates and im­proved qual­ity of life, spe­cial­ists have warned.

Metastatic breast cancer is an ad­vanced form of the dis­ease where it has spread from the breast to other or­gans of the body.

But progress in metastatic breast cancer has not kept pace with the im­proved treat­ments and sup­ports seen for other types of breast cancer.

A ‘Call-to-ac­tion’ cam­paign is now un­der­way across coun­tries — in­clud­ing Ire­land — to ad­dress the de­fi­cien­cies.

It in­volves 10 key ar­eas, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing sur­vival rates, qual­ity of life, and en­sur­ing ac­cess to multi-dis­ci­plinary care as well as pro­vid­ing ac­cess to fi­nan­cial sup­port and se­cur­ing bet­ter work­place rights.

Ap­prox­i­mately 675 women in Ire­land are di­ag­nosed ev­ery year with metastatic breast cancer .

Dr Miriam O’ Con­nor, con­sul­tant med­i­cal on­col­o­gist in Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Water­ford said: “For the thou­sands of women liv­ing with ad­vanced breast cancer in Ire­land, it is im­por­tant for those of us in the health­care sys­tem to be aware that their needs are very dif­fer­ent to those with early stage breast cancer.

“The Call-to-ac­tion points, if im­ple­mented, can make an im­me­di­ate dif­fer­ence to their qual­ity of life and in­crease the chance of im­proved out­comes for th­ese pa­tients.”

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