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PA Hospital expands Breast Cancer Specialist Nursing Service

23 July 2021

With the incidence of breast cancer on the rise across Australia, Princess Alexandra Hospital has expanded its specialist nursing support service to benefit more patients from the Metro South region.

Dedicated metastatic breast cancer nurse, Bethany Crowe has been added to the service thanks in-part to the McGrath Foundation, complimenting the existing team of three nurses.

“It is estimated that 19807 women and 167 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia during this year alone.

“The expansion of this service ensures a more comprehensive specialist breast cancer nursing team to support those diagnosed within Metro South Health through their journey from diagnosis, through treatment, to discharge or further treatment options,” said Metastatic Breast Cancer Nurse and Nurse Researcher, Bethany Crowe.

The specialist breast cancer nurses provide a central point of contact for the patient and their carers supporting them to navigate their complex and prolonged treatment pathway. 

They do this by coordinating care, providing information and education to promote health literacy and aid patients in decision-making, psychosocial support, signposting or referring to required resources, and promoting access to clinical trials.

Bethany joins two full time early breast cancer nurses, Melissa Gosper and Juanita Ryan, and breast cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant, Emma McKinnell.

“The literature suggests that 20 to 30 per cent of patients diagnosed with early breast cancer within our catchment will go on to develop metastatic disease, and six to ten per cent will have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis.  

“My role allows the service to provide extra support to those battling a metastatic diagnosis ensuring they receive specialised advice and know what options are available to them,” she said.

Last updated 23 July 2021
Last reviewed 23 July 2021

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