ABBOTSFORD – Breast cancer patients being treated at the BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre and in the eastern Fraser Valley now have access to a breast cancer care coordinator—a registered nurse with special knowledge about cancer—who can help guide them in decision-making about their care and treatment.
Newly diagnosed patients, those already receiving treatment, or those in follow-up care will benefit from the two-year pilot program launched this month. The BC Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region are providing funding for the pilot.
The breast cancer coordinator helps patients and their families by coordinating their overall care and by providing:
- information about treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and supporting patients and families through the decision-making process
- additional discussion on what medical reports or tests mean
- information and referrals to community supports and resources.
Referrals can be made directly by breast cancer patients in the catchment area (Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Chilliwack, or Hope) or their family members, as well as family physicians and surgeons. To make a referral, call 604-851-4710, extension 645278.
The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.
The BC Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in B.C., enables donors to contribute to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients. For more information visit: www.bccancerfoundation.com.
The BC/Yukon Region of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1992 to make a difference in breast cancer research and br Tuesday, March 15, 2011east health for the BC population. Every year CBCF, along with its donors, sponsors and partners, raises funds to support unique and innovative initiatives in prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging issues in the health care workforce. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org/bcyukon.
Senior Public Affairs Officer
Provincial Health Services Authority