• N-Houssami

Quality of life

One in seven women and one in 700 men in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and today, thanks to earlier detection and research, most of these women and men will survive.

However, living with breast cancer is about more than just surviving. A diagnosis of breast cancer can have far-reaching physical, psychological and emotional impacts, during and long after treatment has finished.

As earlier detection and more effective treatments help more people survive a breast cancer diagnosis, there is a growing population of people living with the aftermath of breast cancer. In fact there are more than 200,000 women in Australia who have survived breast cancer and may need ongoing treatments throughout their lives.

Research is needed to help these people do more than just survive breast cancer. Less toxic and invasive treatments would reduce the strain their body endures while eradicating cancer and help with long-term recovery.

Support services that provide help with managing the side effects of treatment such as pain, fatigue, body image concerns, intimacy concerns, and many other physical and psychological issues are needed to ensure they are well cared for and can maintain a positive quality of life.