HEALTH chiefs have pledged to improve care for Warwick Hospital’s secondary breast cancer patients.
Charity Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care have teamed up with South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust to help staff identify changes needed to improve services for those with incurable secondary breast cancer.
Following the results of questionnaires and feedback from workshops, areas identified for improvement included more detailed information leaflets; ensuring patients were updated on delays and knew they could participate in clinical trials; and improving the comfort of the waiting room.
There are around 36,000 people in the UK living with secondary breast cancer which is when the disease has spread beyond the breast or armpit to other areas such as the lungs or liver. It cannot be cured but it can be treated and controlled, sometimes for a number of years.