Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 in News

A new ‘living centre’ in Melbourne will provide Victorian breast cancer patients and survivors more access to support, information and care.

Health Minister Daniel Andrews today officially opened the Think Pink Foundation’s new community-based facility, the Think Pink Living Centre in Melbourne.

“The Think Pink Foundation has used donations, dedicated sponsorship and teamwork to put into action a vision for supporting women and men with breast cancer,” Mr Andrews said.

“The centre will provide breast cancer patients, their families, friends and carers access to a qualified breast cancer nurse and trained peer support volunteers who have had a breast cancer experience.

“It will also have information produced by the Cancer Council Victoria, computer access, a fully-equipped salon, wig library and more.

“Support for those with breast cancer goes beyond just clinical care.

“This centre is about providing a holistic approach to supporting women, men, and their families both during and after treatment to better manage issues related to their journey and ‘surviving’ breast cancer.”

About 3200 Victorian women and 30 Victorian men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and about 700 die from the disease.

Mr Andrews said breast cancer represented a heavy burden on Victorian women and men, and their families.

“This disease is particularly burdensome in that it impacts many women who are primary carers for young children, families and extended family,” he said.

Mr Andrews said the Brumby Labor Government’s $150 million Cancer Action Plan was investing in innovative research, prevention and treatment strategies to improve care and save lives.

“Cancer is a high priority for the Victorian Government and the plan aims to increase cancer survival rates for Victorians by a further 10 per cent by 2015,” he said.

“We are committed to providing the most compassionate and best support to patients and their families at every point of their cancer journey.”

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