Supportive care for women with advanced breast cancer (ABC-SC) is funded by a Breast Cancer Society of Canada/QEII Foundation Award for Breast Cancer Research, through the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.
ABC-SC emerged from and is supported by NELS.
Using a participatory action research process, the project will bring together a group of innovative, young researchers with experienced cancer researchers to communicate and collaborate on their research to improve supportive care for women with advanced breast cancer.
The impact of ABC-SC is expected to include:
- new insights and interventions by cancer patient navigators who screen for distress
- a framework for guidelines for pain and other symptom control using medications
- development of a study of physical activity
- greater understanding of factors that influence the likelihood of receiving supportive cancer care including:
- the impact of having diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease
- living in a rural area
- minority culture status
- socio-demographic factors
- data to demonstrate the importance of listening to the views of next-of-kin
- an analysis of the type and extent of costs of supportive cancer care