October 2016

Cancer Council Australia has welcomed a new statement on best practice in breast cancer care released today. The new recommendations, published by Cancer Australia, aim is to reduce variations in breast cancer care for women in Australia, ensuring all patients receive best practice care.

"Some patients are not getting the information they need about the options that are right for them. This unwarranted variation in practice has the potential to have an impact on patient outcomes and experience," said Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas.

The statement identifies 12 key appropriate and inappropriate practices surrounding priority areas from diagnosis to palliative care.

Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said, "The new Cancer Australia Statement is important in order to consistently provide a high level of care for breast cancer patients, no matter where they are in Australia. The aim is that health professionals are able to ensure their clinical practice aligns with the evidence to provide care appropriate for each patient."

To view the Cancer Australia Statement: influencing best practice in breast cancer, visit canceraustralia.gov.au/statement.