On Wednesday 15th October I met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament, after a survey by the charity revealed that the majority (90%) of secondary breast cancer patients are experiencing physical pain, many almost daily.
As part of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, I attended the event - hosted by Steve Brine MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer - to meet with women who have been diagnosed with the disease, and highlight the charity’s campaign and petition.
Alarmingly the survey findings reveal that two-fifths (41%) have never been offered a referral to a palliative care team by their healthcare professional. So Breast Cancer Care is calling for healthcare professionals to make all secondary breast cancer patients aware, at the point of diagnosis, how palliative care can help to manage their pain.
It is extremely important to be showing my support for secondary breast cancer patients today. These survey findings are very shocking and more must be done to ensure these patients are receiving prompt referral for palliative care, before it’s too late. I would encourage my constituents to back Breast Cancer Care’s campaign and sign their petition.
The poll of more than 200 people living with a secondary breast cancer diagnosis - where the cancer has spread and although it can be controlled, it cannot be cured – found that more than three-quarters (78%) said they couldn’t undertake normal activities like housework or childcare and two-thirds (70%) said it had an impact on their relationships and intimacy.
Sign here to help ensure secondary breast cancer is a priority on the health agenda and help women living with the disease receive the care they need: www.breastcancercare.org.uk/hiddeneffects