In October 2019, Cancer Australia launched its Influencing best practice in metastatic breast cancer Statement.
The Statement, which BCNA was involved in the crafting of, aims to deliver better care and ensure people living with metastatic breast cancer know what their treatment options are and are involved in the decisions around that treatment.
We know Australians living with metastatic breast cancer need support, information and access to treatment and supportive care. Many BCNA members report frustration and disappointment about the gaps and disparity of care that exist in meeting those needs.
The Statement hones in on the critical importance of helping and empowering people with metastatic breast cancer to live as well and fully as possible.
What does best practice look like?
As someone living with metastatic breast cancer, you should feel supported to make evidence-informed and shared decisions about the treatment and care that is right for you and empowered to participate actively in conversations around the key practices outlined in the Statement.
The goal of the of the practices outlined in the Statement is to drive practical change so that all Australians receive the information and support they need to work through complex and sensitive decisions about treatment and care.
The Statement highlighted 10 key appropriate and inappropriate metastatic breast cancer practices to ensure that patients receive consistent care.
Appropriate practices include:
Inappropriate practices include:
To read more about the Statement, visit Cancer Australia’s website.