Post-surgical care for women with breast cancer (Phase II)

Start Year: 2009
Finish Year: 2009
Chief Investigator: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre
Grant Type: Translational Grant
Institution: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre

National Translational Research Grants Program

To date this project has identified significant gaps in current post-surgical care of women with breast cancer associated with shorter lengths of hospital stay post surgery. The identified gaps relate to the planned follow-up care provided for women. In particular, the Phase I results have found that length of stay post-surgery has decreased by more than a day, on average, in the last decade and that a shorter length of stay appears to be associated with less information and support received through contact with the breast care nurse.

Phase II will result in the identification of a successful model(s) of post-surgical care for women with breast cancer in the Australian health care context, the implementation of which, will aim to improve care and reduce disparity in care for women with breast cancer.

Phase I of this project was supported by NBCF in 2007-2008.