Campaigns for Change
Rethink’s advocacy program boldly puts young women’s issues on the agenda and tackles issues like access to treatment and gaps in care. We are working closely with young women, placing them at the center of making much needed changes to improve breast cancer services, treatment, education and research for all women.
To get involved in our Campaigns for Change please click on the links below or contact Shawna from Rethink.
There is already too much uncertainty for Canadian women living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). MBC occurs when cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Women with MBC need treatments that help keep their disease controlled. Until there is a cure, it is treatments that give time and help them live a better life longer.
Research continues to show progress in treating metastatic breast cancer, and the price of these new treatments developed by pharmaceutical manufacturers continues to rise. The price of new cancer treatments is resulting in an unsustainable health system. This leaves metastatic breast cancer patients waiting longer for new treatments to be approved and listed in Canada compared to other jurisdictions – leading to more uncertainties about the availability of future innovative cancer treatments and the clinical trial sites. It’s time to change how metastatic breast cancer drugs are approved and listed to be more transparent and without delay.
Ensure the voices and values of women with MBC are represented when decisions about their health and care are made.
Care Guidelines for Young Women with Breast Cancer
Rethink Breast Cancer has developed a set of recommended Care Guidelines for Young Women with Breast Cancer to inform young women of the care they should be receiving and to inform health care professionals of the unique issues that young women face which should be addressed when treating young breast cancer patients.
The Care Guidelines have been developed in consultation with younger women with breast cancer as well as our professional advisors in oncology, nursing and psychosocial support. They are based on original work by UK specialist breast cancer support charity Breast Cancer Care.
Needs Assessment Survey
We are working towards making important changes for young women affected with breast cancer based on our Needs Assessment Survey results.