BCAC met with the Ministry of Health’s Cancer Team earlier this month for an update on issues raised in our Ministerial Briefing in March. We were pleased to hear that good progress has been made in breast reconstruction and the provision of fertility services. However, we remain concerned about inadequate funding for new medicines and inconsistencies among DHBs in offering lymphoedema services.
Tracey Eising knows that the medicine she is taking to stop her cancer spreading will soon stop working. The only medicine left with a chance of extending her life is Kadcyla, a drug that is currently unfunded in New Zealand. At a cost of $100,000 per year of treatment, Tracey, like most New Zealanders cannot afford it.
A young woman's story of juggling secondary breast cancer with raising five young children on a West Coast farm.
Tamara Malone was 33 years old and pregnant with her third child when fate dealt her a double blow. In December 2009, she was not only told she had HER2+ breast cancer but that she would have to terminate her pregnancy.
Breast cancer medicine Perjeta continues to impress clinical researchers with latest results from the NeoSphere study showing its efficacy in treating HER2+ early breast cancer.
An Otago researcher who spent 10 years based at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona, USA, is now bringing her knowledge of treating triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients to New Zealand.
Recent research carried out in the Waikato region has found that breast cancer patients who discontinue their endocrine therapy are more likely to have their breast cancer return or die from it than those who complete their treatment.
Blenheim woman, Tracey Eising, shares with us a moving and poignant moment of her life on the breast cancer journey. Tracey was first diagnosed with Stage 3, ER+ breast cancer in 2004 at age 37 and received a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Five years later, Tracey was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer - the cancer had spread to her liver, lungs and bones. Here, the mum of four children, shares what she describes as a 'Mother's Cry' moment: