Supporting black,Asian and miniroty ethnic women following treatment for breast cancer
On Monday, AHPN was invited to attend the Breast Cancer Care’s reception in Parliament where findings of a research into the needs of Black, Asian and minority (BAME) women after treatment for breast cancer where presented . This research was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and worked in partnership with the King’s College London .
After a long breast cancer treatment , many patients can feel a sense of loss and abandonment when their treatment finishes. It may be the first time they have been able to think and process the emotional impact of their breast cancer. They may have questions about what’s next and not know where to turn to. BAME women can find themselves more isolated than other groups after treatment.
This can be because of the stigma of cancer, which still exists in some communities, meaning that people can feel less able to turn to others or seek help. This research project was carried out to present some strategies that might be used to address these issues within BME communities. These include , access to information and support they need to live well after their breast cancer treatment, the implementation of the Cancer Strategy to consider how best to support BAME women after breast cancer treatment.
There must be information about signs and symptoms of possible recurrence to reduce women’s anxiety and enable them to feel more confident in being able to spot a possible recurrence early and report their concerns. This is important not just for an individual’s ongoing health and wellbeing but for us as a society. We applaud this great piece of work by Breast Cancer Care to address the inequalities that exist in this area and look forward to implementing the best service to all Breast cancer survivors.