Date of release: Monday 21st December, 2015
Macmillan is to fund a specialist nurse at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for patients with incurable Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC).
It means they will receive supportive palliative care with the aim of prolonging their survival and maintaining or improving quality of life.
The expert Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS) will work closely with patients whose early cancer has spread significantly within the breast or to other organs and who need considerable support with end of life care.
The hospital's Macmillan Chemotherapy Project Manager Tracey Weetman said: “We were aware of the care gap in Wolverhampton in this area and that was something backed up by those people we spoke to at the local breast support group.
“It had put pressure on our existing team but it's good news that this three-year funding means we can now provide specialist care to those whose cancer is advanced or has spread despite treatment and become terminal.
“The emotional impact of MBC on patients and their families cannot be underestimated so they need extra support with a range of issues like pain, depression and fatigue management.
“Our CNS will be there for them, co-ordinating care, providing psychological support and doing all they can to give these patients the very best quality of life possible.”
Consultant Clinical Oncologist Habib Khan said: “The breast unit is dedicated to providing an effective and comprehensive service for our breast cancer patients.
“The clinical specialist nurse is a key worker and provides a link between doctors and their patients. This will provide much needed support to patients in their medical and holistic care.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in England and Wales with about 40,500 new cases diagnosed and 10,900 deaths recorded each year. Of these new cases in women and men, a small proportion are diagnosed in the advanced stages and a significant number develop a local recurrence or secondary tumours elsewhere (metastases).
There were 364 recorded breast cancer cases in Wolverhampton and Cannock last year – around 20 per cent of those were classed as MBC sufferers.
For more information contact Tracey Weetman on 01902 695231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org