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.”