West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament last week to support the launch of their new report calling for people to receive the support they need to live well beyond breast cancer.
The event highlighted how the charity’s flagship service, Moving Forward, helps people with breast cancer adjust to life after finishing hospital treatment and manage any long-term side effects, easing the strain on the NHS.
The “Moving Forward” report found Breast Cancer Care’s support service improves the quality of life for people attending, according to the specialist EQ-5D metric2. The report also revealed the service provides economic value to the NHS and is a ready-made solution to support the health service to deliver cancer strategies across the UK.
MP Rosie also met women who had recently attended a Moving Forward course and heard about how it benefitted them.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is so important we support people at the end of hospital treatment so we can empower them to live life after breast cancer with confidence.
“I am calling on the NHS to ensure everyone, including women in West Lancashire, has access to the support and information they need to live well with and beyond breast cancer.”
The report also found that support must be tailored to people with a breast cancer diagnosis to meet their unique needs.
Samia al Qadhi, CEO of Breast Cancer Care, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Rosie Cooper MP for joining us to show her support for our work to ensure everyone with breast cancer gets the help they need.
“We know that adapting to life after breast cancer can be extremely difficult. In fact, a quarter of women find end of treatment the hardest part. Our Moving Forward course offers vital support by helping them adjust to their new reality.
“Our new report not only demonstrates the invaluable impact the course has on wellbeing, but also its ability to ease the immense pressures on the NHS. We are calling on the NHS to ensure that everyone with breast cancer has access to a tailored course, such as Moving Forward, after finishing treatment.”
The average EQ-5D score for the general population of women is 0.85. Moving Forward increased respondents EQ-5D metric from 0.79 to 0.83, moving them from below average quality of life to near normal quality of life.
Figures from a Breast Cancer Care survey. Fieldwork was undertaken online between 13 April and 31 May 2017. Total sample size: 804 women, all of whom have had a primary diagnosis of breast cancer.
For more information and to view the report, visit https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/healthcare-professionals/news-resources/resources-healthcare-professionals.
About Breast Cancer Care
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At Breast Cancer Care, we understand the emotions, challenges and decisions you face every day. So, from the day you notice something’s not right to the day you begin to move forward, we’ll be here to help you through.
Whether you want to speak to our nurses, download our specialist information or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now, we can help you feel more in control.
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