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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.
It’s amazing how the paddling season only just seemed to come to an end and the Pink Dragons (Pinkies) are now well and truly thinking about the next one! The coming season will be the 10th Anniversary for our team and we will mark the occasion in 2016 with an end of season party, but first there is a lot of work to be done getting our fitness back on track.
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.
Over the past 18 months Lou James of the Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust has been involved in a very rewarding and exciting project developing a stand-up-paddle boarding rehabilitation programme for women after breast cancer treatment - PaddleOn.
Fashion for a Cure - Hamilton
Fashion for a Cure is one of the many ways that Breast Cancer Cure fund research into a cure. The event has been delivered successfully in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since 2012.
Over the course of the evening guests enjoy cocktail function including wine and canapés, fashion show plus a live auction. The event is hosted by one of their celebrity Ambassadors.
Ruta Alo was a kind, quiet and humble person. She believed in tradition and ensured her family knew and upheld cultural practice and values - Fa’a Samoa – the “Samoan way”.