WOMEN with metastatic breast cancer have different needs and live different realities than other women, Europa Donna Cyprus said yesterday, marking the beginning of a campaign for 2014 which hopes to inform more people about metastatic breast cancer.
Europa Donna said there are currently new scientific approaches to treat the disease which people need to be informed about.
Next Friday Europa Donna will be organising a lecture by Doctor Olivia Pagani, medical director of The Breast Unit of Southern Switzerland, called New Treatment Approaches in Metastatic Breast Cancer: How can women benefit from personalised treatment.
Head of the non-profit organisation, Stella Kyriakidou spoke of the significant problems women with breast cancer in Cyprus are faced with. They include delayed results and lack of external quality control programmes for mammography screening and delays in results for histopathological examinations resulting in delays in initiating therapy.
It was also discussed that there needs to be equal treatment for all women at a completed Breast Centre which would be free for all women visiting the Nicosia and Limassol General Hospitals.
The programme ‘Breast Friends’ will be funded by betting company OPAP Cyprus which will provide free bras and external silicone prostheses and wigs and will provide general assistance to women with breast cancer.
Last year the programme helped more than 150 women with the youngest being 32 and the oldest 85 years of age.