"Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Presented by FLASCO
The Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) presented the Patient Advocacy Program, “Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer” in Tallahassee in February during Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Partially funded by FBCF, the education program provided information and support for people with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers.
Among topics discussed were the disease itself, treatment options, caring for the caregiver, patient assistance programs, and patient advocacy. On topic of patient advocacy, FBCF Board Member and Advocacy Chair, Jeri Francoeur, spoke about the importance of passing what has become known as the “Fail First Bill,” which addresses the need to enable healthcare professionals to make determinations for the best course of treatment and medications for the patient, without burdensome bureaucratic hoops.
Jeri emphasized the importance of patients having access to the "right medicine at the right time" and not be forced to first "fail" on older or cheaper drugs before getting medication their doctor believes to be the best for them. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass, and while this year’s legislative session is over, we will continue to work with our coalition partners until it becomes law. We are incredibly proud to be able to fund valuable programs such as this one and thank FLASCO for putting together a comprehensive and informative program to advocate for breast cancer patients to ensure they receive the best care possible.
Video courtesy of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO)