Update: Care Guidelines For Young Women With Breast Cancer
Rethink Breast Cancer’s national needs assessment shows that young women’s unique needs continue to fall through the cracks. Young women with breast cancer are finding out about potential fertility loss too late in the treatment process. Young mothers with breast cancer are struggling in isolation rather than being connected with services to help their unique needs. The quality of care received can change depending on your postal code. We believe all young women should receive the same level of quality care, no matter where they live.
Rethink Breast Cancer launched Care Guidelines for Young Women with Breast Cancer earlier this year. The purpose of these guidelines is 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.
We want to see our Care Guidelines displayed in every cancer centre and hospital across Canada. It’s an ambitious goal we know, but we are up for the task!
To achieve this, we are working with site champions and Rethink Young Women’s Network (RYWN) across Canada to share the Care Guidelines with both young women who are diagnosed and being treated for breast cancer, as well as with all healthcare professionals who treat young women.
We are educating the healthcare community on the unique needs of young breast cancer patients through conferences. We recently attended the Canadian Association of Nursing Oncology (CANO) conference. Many of the attendees signed our poster in support for our Care Guidelines and the amazing work Rethink is doing for young women affected by breast cancer.
We are also really excited to be selected to present our Care Guidelines at the prestigious San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December. This international symposium is the world’s largest breast oncology meeting attended by the top academic physicians and researchers involved in breast cancer.
Although we’re making strides, we still need your help! Join our campaign and help us spread the word so we can ensure that young women’s needs are addressed. Share this post, get on Twitter, and use your voice to support young women with breast cancer. –Ashley MacIsaac-Butler