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“Get your mammogram so other mokopuna can have more time with their kuia”
15 October 2020

“Get your mammogram so other mokopuna can have more time with their kuia”

​Stacey Morrison’s 7-year-old daughter Maiana is urging Kiwi women to go for regular mammograms, as part of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s annual awareness-raising campaign.
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Pharmac review a chance to end agonisingly slow drug approval process
13 October 2020

Pharmac review a chance to end agonisingly slow drug approval process

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is calling on the next government to end the unfair and outdated evaluation process that means Kiwis with terminal breast cancer wait years longer for the latest drugs,.
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10 ways to make the most of October
01 October 2020

10 ways to make the most of October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here's how you can get involved this month...
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Auckland turns pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
29 September 2020

Auckland turns pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the first time, Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Queen Street Lights will be lighting up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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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.
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Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Making your voices heard in Wellington
08 September 2020

Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Making your voices heard in Wellington

In July we were invited to present our petition, signed by thousands of you, in front of the Health Select Committee. We made the case that all advanced breast cancer (ABC) patients should automatically be able to see their GP for free.
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“I lost my own mum to breast cancer, now I help others”
08 September 2020

“I lost my own mum to breast cancer, now I help others”

Earlier this year we welcomed Judith Beattie to our team of specialist breast care nurses.
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Celebrating 20 years of being cancer-free
08 September 2020

Celebrating 20 years of being cancer-free

Vicky Newman, a mum of two from Kaukapakapa, was just 34 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy, but less than a year later, Vicky learnt the cancer had returned in her neck.
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COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs
10 June 2020

COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs

Breast Cancer Foundation says Government must not break its promise to develop an early access programme for new cancer medicines, following two promising trial results for advanced breast cancer.
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“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs
10 May 2020

“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs

“Don’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to back away from your commitment to cancer patients,” Breast Cancer Foundation NZ begged the Government, in response to today’s announcement of an additional $160m over four years for Pharmac to secure the supply of approved medicines.
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“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement
05 March 2020

“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement

Pharmac’s confirmation that life-extending new drug Ibrance will be funded from April 1 for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer (ABC) has drawn praise from Dr Fatima Cardoso.
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BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer
05 February 2020

BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has given feedback on the proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer.
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“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement
15 January 2020

“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement

​Pharmac’s announcement this morning that it aims to fund Ibrance for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer from April 2020 is wonderful news.
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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.
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ABC problems “still here”, but there are signs of progress
13 October 2019

ABC problems “still here”, but there are signs of progress

One year after I’m Still Here – the investigation into advanced breast cancer care in New Zealand that shocked doctors and patients alike – there are signs of improvement.
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Capital’s bikers gear up for breast cancer
07 October 2019

Capital’s bikers gear up for breast cancer

Hundreds of “pinked out” motorbikes, from scooters to hogs and trikes, are expected to take part in the annual Wellington Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride this Sunday.
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Pharmac Kadcyla funding confirmed; Breast Cancer Foundation welcomes less restricted access
07 October 2019

Pharmac Kadcyla funding confirmed; Breast Cancer Foundation welcomes less restricted access

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has applauded Pharmac’s confirmation today that it will fund Kadcyla for Kiwis with HER2+ advanced breast cancer (ABC) from December 1.
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Thumbs-Up for government's cancer announcements
01 September 2019

Thumbs-Up for government's cancer announcements

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has given an overall thumbs-up to today’s spate of cancer-related announcements from the Ministry of Health and PHARMAC
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Patients pulling together for change
22 August 2019

Patients pulling together for change

People with advanced breast cancer who speak publicly about their desperate plights are heroes.
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Do the latest Pharmac minutes mean new hope for Kiwis with ABC?
04 August 2019

Do the latest Pharmac minutes mean new hope for Kiwis with ABC?

Pharmac's cancer treatments subcommittee has recommended CDK4/6 inhibitors (e.g. palbociclib / ribociclib) with a HIGH priority for funding.
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Early access proposal welcomed, but tough questions need answers
09 May 2019

Early access proposal welcomed, but tough questions need answers

​Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson welcomed the news that Pharmac is working with the Ministry of Health to consider a scheme that would offer faster access to drugs for Kiwi cancer patients.
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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.
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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.
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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