October as breast cancer awareness month may have come to a close, but the Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT) initiative remains deeply committed to the fight against breast cancer to ensure equitable and sustainable cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment as well as the highest quality of life for cancer patients, their families and carers. This fight includes all breast cancer patients, including patients with metastatic or advanced breast cancer. TBCT emphasises that the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients should be considered more strongly and move beyond the context of palliative care only. As such, TBCT initiative spear-headed a joint letter calling on policymakers to ensure that the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) report and the European Commission’s Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan reflect the special attention metastatic or advanced cancer deserves. TBCT urges policymakers to consider the multitude of specific needs of metastatic or advanced cancer patients and make sure that no patient is left behind. We encourage other interested parties to sign on to our letter on this important matter. Please contact us if your organisation would like to sign our letter.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022: TBCT Call to Action – Better Breast Cancer Care for a Better Life
In light of breast cancer awareness month in October, Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT) aims
In a global effort to raise awareness on breast cancer, October has been designated as
Helping patients and their families during, before and after breast cancer is the inspiration and the driving force of the “Transforming Breast Cancer Together” initiative. Patient empowerment and patient needs are at the centre of all the various activities implemented by the group. As such, the Transforming Breast Cancer Together Initiative continues to advocate for the rights and needs of patients, by maintaining breast cancer high on the EU policymaking agenda, with the ultimate objective of improving breast cancer patients’ outcomes throughout the breast cancer pathway.
The members of the Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT) initiative express their deepest concern about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Our thoughts are with all those affected, especially the most vulnerable in society who are suffering as a result of the conflict. Amongst others, the impact of this crisis on healthcare system cannot be overlooked. Particularly people living with chronic diseases or those undergoing cancer treatment need to be guaranteed continuous access to treatment and care.
As we mark this International Women’s Day, our first thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine. In particular, we are deeply concerned for those who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and our immediate priority is to ensure that all breast cancer patients continue to get access to the care they need. This International Women’s Day, we recognise not only the incredible women who are facing the daily realities of breast cancer, but also the need to educate and inform all women of the signs of breast cancer, so they can live their lives to the fullest.