The McGrath Foundation today announced its 120th McGrath Breast Care Nurse position – one that will be dedicated to supporting people with metastatic breast cancer at Liverpool Hospital.
With today marking the tenth anniversary of Jane McGrath’s passing, the Foundation has also revealed it has now supported over 64,000 families through a breast cancer experience.
Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador & Director, believes today marks an important milestone in the Foundation’s history.
“We couldn’t be prouder of what’s been achieved in Jane’s memory since she passed away, thanks to the amazing support of the Australian community.
“Through her personal experience she understood the vital support a breast care nurse provides and it was her wish that every person going through breast cancer had access to a breast care nurse.
"Jane would be particularly proud that our 120th McGrath Breast Care Nurse is dedicated to supporting people with metastatic breast cancer, having realised herself how important it is for people to be supported through all stages of the disease,” Bevan continued.
Metastatic breast cancer refers to the state of cancer that is incurable – it has spread beyond the primary tumour site of the breast to other parts of the body.
The needs of those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer differ to those with early stage breast cancer, with the focus of treatment on prolonging life and ensuring the quality of life is maximised. At this stage, people are usually on multiple medications and require far greater involvement with different parts of the health care system.
McGrath Foundation research shows that South-Western Sydney, including Liverpool and Bankstown, are one of seven priority areas across Australia identified as having the greatest need for breast care nurses due to population growth and projected breast cancer incidence.
Professor Geoffrey Delaney, Director of Cancer Services for the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) welcomed the announcement and support for people with metastatic breast cancer.
“McGrath Breast Care Nurses are an essential member of a breast cancer patient’s multi-disciplinary team and this role will be dedicated to supporting the specific needs of people with metastatic breast cancer and their families.
“With this position just the third Metastatic McGrath Breast Care Nurse position in NSW, it will go a long way to providing much needed support to people throughout South Western Sydney, as well as the many people who attend the hospitals from regional and remote Australia.”
With funding for the position now secured the Liverpool/Bankstown Metastatic McGrath Breast Care Nurse will be in place at Liverpool and Bankstown Hospitals in the new financial year.
 Keeping Abreast of Australia’s Future Breast Care Nursing Need, McGrath Foundation 2015 - https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/OurMission/OurNurses/FutureNeed.aspx