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News & updates

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

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MonarchE trial holds hope for early breast cancer patients
24 September 2020

MonarchE trial holds hope for early breast cancer patients

Promising results from the MonarchE trial could give hope to women with high-risk HR-positive, HER2-negative early breast cancer.
Blog
Is it okay to fast during chemotherapy?
14 July 2020

Is it okay to fast during chemotherapy?

A new study sheds light on the benefits of fasting before and during chemotherapy treatment.
Press release
Investing in the future: Breast Cancer Foundation National Register
06 May 2020

Investing in the future: Breast Cancer Foundation National Register

All breast cancer patients, regardless of ethnicity or geographical location, should receive the same high standard of care. Sadly, at the moment, that isn’t always the case.
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“Blood test for breast cancer” greatly exaggerated, says Breast Cancer Foundation
04 November 2019

“Blood test for breast cancer” greatly exaggerated, says Breast Cancer Foundation

Reports of a blood test that “could detect breast cancer up to five years before there are any signs of it” are greatly exaggerated.
Blog
Behind the scenes of clinical trials
18 October 2019

Behind the scenes of clinical trials

In a guest blog, Lou Clement from Cancer Trials New Zealand shares what it's like to work on a clinical trial.
Press release
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ launches virtual reality pilot trial
14 October 2019

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ launches virtual reality pilot trial

In a world first, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is testing the benefit of virtual reality for patients with advanced breast cancer.
Press release
Innovative research worth $700,000 to help beat breast cancer
07 October 2019

Innovative research worth $700,000 to help beat breast cancer

In the spotlight: tackling genetic resistance to drugs; a blood test to predict whether breast cancer will return; and cheaper, more accessible digital pathology
Blog
Exercise – an important piece of the breast cancer puzzle
15 August 2019

Exercise – an important piece of the breast cancer puzzle

Exercise can often be the last thing on your mind when you’re going through breast cancer. But an increasing number of studies show that physical activity can help reduce breast cancer recurrence or death among survivors.
Blog
What about breast density?
04 July 2019

What about breast density?

Breast density is a bit of hot topic in breast cancer conversation. You may have recently heard that in the USA it’s now mandatory to notify women about their breast density when they receive their mammogram result. But, what does density have to do with your risk of breast cancer and how do you know if you have dense breasts in the first place?
Press release
Breast cancer chemo clinical trial now recruiting in five centres
27 June 2019

Breast cancer chemo clinical trial now recruiting in five centres

​A clinical trial that’s now recruiting patients in Waikato, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Wellington will test the ability of a cheap, widely available drug to prevent two of chemotherapy’s most unpleasant side-effects.
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A meeting with BCFNZ Clinical Research Coordinator Eibhlin Corrigan
20 May 2019

A meeting with BCFNZ Clinical Research Coordinator Eibhlin Corrigan

BCFNZ funds Eibhlin's role of Clinical Research Coordinator, she will be working to increase the number of breast cancer patients on clinical trials.
Blog
Breast Cancer and the Immune System
29 April 2019

Breast Cancer and the Immune System

Our immune system is pretty good at protecting us from harm. So why does it struggle to recognise and tackle breast cancer?
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Press release
New Breast Cancer Projects Announced  $720,489 in Funding Released to Support Innovative Research
25 July 2018

New Breast Cancer Projects Announced $720,489 in Funding Released to Support Innovative Research

• Preventing metastasis through vaccine: to prevent recurrence of HER2+ breast cancer • Assessing a Triple Negative biomarker and its inhibition: to improve survival • Developing and testing an Inhibitor: to prevent metastasis in Triple Negative breast cancer • Defining the utility of a protein in a cohort: as an independent prognostic indicator for aggressive disease
Press release
Clinical trial targets worst side-effects of breast cancer chemo
18 July 2018

Clinical trial targets worst side-effects of breast cancer chemo

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has committed $250,000 to a new clinical trial that will test the ability of a cheap, widely available drug to prevent two of chemotherapy’s most unpleasant side-effects: delayed nausea and vomiting.
Blog
The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment: Personalised Medicine
03 July 2018

The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment: Personalised Medicine

How amazing would it be if your breast cancer treatment was tailored to you? It’s actually already started - from genetic screening to immunotherapy. The field of personalised medicine is growing and it’s very promising.
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Action needed on Maori and PI breast cancer vulnerabilities
25 June 2018

Action needed on Maori and PI breast cancer vulnerabilities

A large NZ study has confirmed the need for immediate action to improve survival for Maori and Pacific Island people with breast cancer, and the importance of mammograms in finding cancer early