25 April 2018

Breast Cancer Care Scotland launched their new report in parliament yesterday (Wednesday 25 April) calling for everyone in Scotland to receive vital support to adapt to life after breast cancer.

The event, hosted by Sandra White MSP, 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 fundamentally improves the quality of life for people attending, according to the specialist EQ-5D metric1. The report also revealed the service provides economic value to the NHS and is a ready-made solution to support the health service deliver Scotland’s cancer strategy.

The report also found that support must be tailored to people with a breast cancer diagnosis to meet their unique needs.

Angela Harris, Head of Breast Cancer Care Scotland, says:

“We know adapting to life after breast cancer can be extremely difficult. In fact, a quarter of women find end of treatment the hardest part2. 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 health service. We are calling on NHS Scotland to ensure that everyone with breast cancer has access to a tailored course, such as Moving Forward, after finishing treatment.”

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Interviews are available on request. For media enquiries contact:

Georgia Tilley, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

georgia.tilley@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors

1. 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.

2. 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.

To find a Moving Forward course in your area, visit https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/support-you/local-support/moving-forward-after-breast-cancer-treatment.

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk