Gaps in care and support for patients with advanced breast cancer: a report from the Advanced Breast Cancer Global Alliance

Fallowfield, Lesley, Boyle, Frances M, Travado, Luzia, Kiely, Belinda E, Jewell, Patti, Aubel, Dawn and Cardoso, Fatima (2021) Gaps in care and support for patients with advanced breast cancer: a report from the Advanced Breast Cancer Global Alliance. JCO Global Oncology, 7. pp. 976-984. ISSN 2687-8941

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Abstract

PURPOSE
Although new therapeutic options continue to improve disease-related outcomes in advanced breast cancer (ABC), enhanced focus is needed to improve quality of life for patients currently living with ABC.

METHODS
In November 2019, a multidisciplinary workshop to explore patient perceptions of their information and support needs was held at the ABC Global Alliance Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Ninety-two attendees from 27 countries participated in the workshop.

RESULTS
Several key unmet needs were identified and discussed in the workshop, including the following: (1) Significant patient knowledge gaps exist related to the diagnosis and management of ABC, and the availability of patient-focused information to support these gaps in knowledge remains limited. (2) The development of meaningful relationships between patients and health care professionals, and the role of patients in decision making, is often overlooked for patients with ABC. (3) Multidisciplinary care approaches are crucial for patients with ABC; however, these often lack effective coordination. (4) Access to clinical trials for ABC also remains limited. (5) Caregivers, friends, and family members do not receive sufficient guidance to support patients with ABC and manage their own well-being.

CONCLUSION
The variety of unmet needs explored in the workshop demonstrates that patients with ABC still face considerable challenges related to quality of care and support, which will not be resolved until tangible action is taken. Issues highlighted in the workshop should be prioritized by working groups to shape the development of community-based solutions. There is a need for the global community to act proactively to maximize awareness of these ongoing unmet needs and existing resources, while socializing and building new initiatives and resources that will help to close these gaps for patients.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
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Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 08:42
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 08:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/100547

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