Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has pledged his support for Breast Cancer Care’s campaign to ensure people with incurable secondary breast cancer no longer get second-rate care.
A survey of people with incurable breast cancer by Breast Cancer Care reveals almost a fifth (16%) of people were not given any information at all about the disease by healthcare professionals. Fewer than half (45%) were given information at their diagnosis; this suggests some people may be left in the dark about what their diagnosis means and the support available.
In addition, two thirds (69%) of people with incurable breast cancer do not feel that the different healthcare professionals – including GPs and hospital nurses and doctors – treating and caring for them always work well enough together to give them the best possible care.
Breast Cancer Care believes people with incurable breast cancer are not able to count on getting the care they need.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m delighted to show my support for people living with incurable, secondary breast cancer. It is vital the right care, support and information is available to help them live well with the disease for as long as possible.
“I have pledged to do my bit to help any constituents with secondary breast cancer by making information on Breast Cancer Care’s Helpline available in my constituency office and at my surgeries.
“I urge anyone with questions or looking to connect with the disease to get in touch with Breast Cancer Care.”
Danni Manzi, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, says:
“It is clear there are still huge gaps in information and support for people living with secondary incurable breast cancer.
“Far too many people are being left to stretch out the support they need alone. We are calling for government and the NHS to work together to make urgent improvements to care and help these women live their lives now.”
Anyone looking for support and information about secondary breast cancer can call Breast Cancer Care on 0808 800 6000 or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/secondary