The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS - – ELIN

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!

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