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News & updates

Our latest news, press releases, blog posts, Pink Ribbon Bulletins & Pink Ribbon Press.

Press release
New biomarker to help decide best treatment?
01 March 2019

New biomarker to help decide best treatment?

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ funding helps research scientists make progress towards creating a new tool which could guide clinical decision-making.
Blog
10 top breast cancer research projects!
27 February 2019

10 top breast cancer research projects!

Find out about the research we are currently funding here at BCF!
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
February 2019

February 2019

- Our innovative breast cancer research - Vitamin C and Cancer webinar - "We're giving up too soon" Dr Fatima Cardoso visits
Blog
What is a biosimilar and how does it affect you?
19 February 2019

What is a biosimilar and how does it affect you?

We all know that cancer drugs cost a fortune, but did you know there could be cheaper alternatives?
Press release
International advanced breast cancer expert to address NZ patients
21 January 2019

International advanced breast cancer expert to address NZ patients

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is bringing noted oncologist Dr Fatima Cardoso to NZ next week to address Kiwis living with incurable advanced breast cancer (ABC) and their doctors.
Blog
Liquid biopsies – the future of breast cancer detection and treatment?
16 January 2019

Liquid biopsies – the future of breast cancer detection and treatment?

Researchers are constantly trying to find quicker, more accurate and easier ways to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. The liquid biopsy could have the potential to improve breast cancer detection as well as making sure patients are given the right treatments.
Blog
How to spend your Kiwi New Year
15 December 2018

How to spend your Kiwi New Year

If you’ve been through breast cancer, planning how you’re going to spend New Year might be at the bottom of your priority list. We’ve put together a list of ideas to minimise stress this year!
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
December 2018

December 2018

- World expert to advise on Kiwi ABC guidelines - Cards make life easier for breast cancer patients - How to do YOU this festive season - Pink Caravan visits hundreds of Kiwis
Blog
How to do YOU this festive season!
06 December 2018

How to do YOU this festive season!

With the festive season fast approaching things can seem daunting – especially if you are living with breast cancer, have recently been diagnosed, or are on the road to recovery. So, this year it’s time to sit back, relax, and do YOU.
Press release
World expert to talk with Kiwi doctors about improving ABC
29 November 2018

World expert to talk with Kiwi doctors about improving ABC

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is bringing a world expert on advanced breast cancer (ABC) to New Zealand. Dr Fatima Cardoso will talk with Kiwi doctors how national standards of ABC care could extend the lives of Kiwi women, and will also speak at the Cancer Care at the Crossroads Conference sponsored by the Ministry of Health.
Press release
Updates in treatments for TNBC
19 November 2018

Updates in treatments for TNBC

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of cancer. It’s harder to treat than other subtypes and often affects younger women. In this blog post, we take a look at the latest research.
Blog
Words of wisdom from lead radiologist Dr Monica Saini
10 November 2018

Words of wisdom from lead radiologist Dr Monica Saini

We talk to Dr Monica Saini - lead radiologist at Hutt Valley DHB.
Blog
October is...
17 October 2018

October is...

October is international breast cancer awareness month. A stark reminder that breast cancer is still the most common cancer in women worldwide...
News
Lack of funding “height of cruelty” – Breast Cancer Foundation
16 October 2018

Lack of funding “height of cruelty” – Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s chief executive Evangelia Henderson describes the lack of funding for drugs that extend the lives of advanced breast cancer patients as heartless and cruel. “Why do people have to set up a Givealittle page, or worse, sell their house, to access these drugs?” says Mrs Henderson. Her comments come on the day two petitions are presented on the steps of Parliament, demanding funding for palbociclib (Ibrance) and Kadcyla.
Press release
Aotearoa, please support tomorrow’s Pink Ribbon Appeal
11 October 2018

Aotearoa, please support tomorrow’s Pink Ribbon Appeal

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is asking Kiwis to ‘give hope to the ones you love’ by supporting its Pink Ribbon Appeal tomorrow and Saturday. Collectors will be shaking their pink buckets at more than 1000 collection points, covering New Zealand from top to bottom. Their efforts will fund research into new treatments, support Kiwis going through breast cancer, and life-saving awareness and education programmes.
Press release
Auckland clinical trials get a much-needed boost
04 October 2018

Auckland clinical trials get a much-needed boost

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is providing a boost to breast cancer clinical trials at Auckland City Hospital, funding trainee oncologist Dr Edmond Ang in the new role of BCFNZ Clinical Trials Fellow. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $160,000 to support the role over two years.
News
Wellington will be the pinkest city in New Zealand!
02 October 2018

Wellington will be the pinkest city in New Zealand!

The coolest little capital in the world will be lighting up pink this October. Landmarks and sculptures along the Wellington Waterfront will be turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Press release
Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up for breast screening
01 October 2018

Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up for breast screening

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison has just had her first free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa. Now, she’s urging Kiwi women – especially Māori – to enrol for free breast screening this October.
Blog
What do I need to know about the genetic risk of breast cancer?
24 September 2018

What do I need to know about the genetic risk of breast cancer?

Inherited risk accounts for around 10% of all diagnosed breast cancers. If you do find that you’re at a higher risk of breast cancer you can take precautionary actions which are likely to prevent breast cancer from developing.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
September 2018

September 2018

- Clinical trial tackles crippling chemo vomiting and nausea - Kiwis with advanced breast cancer dying earlier than in other countries - October is breast cancer awareness month
Blog
Why dragon boating should be your next sport
10 September 2018

Why dragon boating should be your next sport

We chat to Bette Cosgrove about the sport that’s given her a team of feisty, determined women to stay fit and have fun with.
Press release
Kiwi women die twice as fast; health system turns its back
07 September 2018

Kiwi women die twice as fast; health system turns its back

Kiwis are dying of advanced breast cancer (ABC) twice as fast as people in comparable countries – and it’s not just about the lack of new drugs.
Blog
​How does a clinical trial benefit me?
17 August 2018

​How does a clinical trial benefit me?

Every licensed drug in the world has been through a clinical trial - from ibuprofen to morphine. But why do drugs need to go through such a stringent testing process and what benefit does a clinical trial have for a breast cancer patient?
Blog
Pink Ribbon Trek Team '18: Great Wall of China
27 July 2018

Pink Ribbon Trek Team '18: Great Wall of China

In May, 26 women and one man took on the iconic Great Wall of China, raising over $150,000 for BCFNZ. Blisters, sore bodies and fluctuating emotions were part of the journey. This is their story.