Vicki Bell, McGrath QBE Breast Care Nurse for the Campbelltown region, has reached the milestone of supporting more than 1,000 local families experiencing breast cancer since she started in 2011.
Based at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at the Campbelltown Hospital, Vicki sees families from across western Sydney every day, supporting not only the individual with breast cancer but their immediate network.
Vicki provides physical, psychological and emotional support throughout the cancer journey – from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment. McGrath Breast Care Nurses continue to provide their care for as long as they are needed.
‘It’s very humbling to have been able to support such a large number of families,’ Vicki said.
‘But it does make me sad when I think of just how many people there are who need this care. I look after just one area in Sydney, so there are lots of people out there who need this support.’
‘I’ve been touched by so many of my patients,’ Vicki said. ‘People are so grateful for the support McGrath Breast Care Nurses can offer in what is such a difficult time in their lives.’
Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director said, ‘We’re so proud of Vicki – this is such a significant milestone. Not only does it reflects Vicki’s hard work it also really highlights just how essential the service the McGrath Breast Care Nurses provide is.’
‘While many of our McGrath Breast Care Nurses are placed in rural and regional Australia, a role like Vicki’s shows just how strong the need is in urban areas like Campbelltown. To put it into context, the Foundation has supported more than 54,000 families across Australia. For 1,000 of those to have been supported by just one person is incredible.’