Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) - mission and activities


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MBCN is a patient led advocacy organization focused on the unique needs of the women and men living with metastatic or advanced breast cancer.
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Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) - mission and activities

  1. 1. Metastatic Breast Cancer NetworkMBCN is a national, independent, patient-led, non-profit advocacy group, dedicatedto the unique concerns of the women andmen living with metastatic breast cancer.
  2. 2. Our MissionAWARENESS/ADVOCACY:• put a public face on metastatic breast cancer (mbc)• gain a greater voice and visibility in: • the breast cancer community, • the medical community, • the research community, • and with the public-at-large• fight for treatments to extend life and to make mbca truly chronic disease like HIV/AIDS or diabetes, asthe search for a cure continues
  3. 3. Our MissionEDUCATION:• help those living with metastaticbreast cancer be their own bestadvocates through providingeducation and information on bettertreatments and coping with thedisease
  4. 4. …Fighting for treatments to extend our lives…
  5. 5. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day – October 13Proclaimed by Congressin 2009… …after a successful lobbying campaign by MBCNMBCN Lobby Team
  6. 6. 13 Facts Everyone Should Know about Metastatic Breast Cancer1. No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. Metastasis occurs whencancerous cells travel to a vital organ and that is what threatens life.2. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically thebones, liver, lungs and brain.3. An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in theU.S.4. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong and focuses on control of thedisease and quality of life.5. About 6% to 10% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.6. Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups andannual mammograms.
  7. 7. 13 Facts - continued7. 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will developmetastatic breast cancer.8. Young people, as well as men, can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.9. Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.10. Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent ofmetastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors.11. Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although mostpeople will ultimately die of their disease, some will live long and productive lives.12. There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Everypatient and their disease is unique.13. To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancerand their caregivers, visit
  8. 8. MBCN Educational Conferences 2013 MD Anderson, Houston New Directions in Metastatic Breast Cancer 2012 Northwestern, Chicago Moving Forward with Metastatic Breast Cancer 2011 Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Cancer Center, Baltimore Empowerment Through Education 2010 IUPUI , Indianapolis Current Approaches & Emerging Advances2009 Dana Farber, Boston 2009 Dana Farber, Boston An Open Conversation on Metastatic Breast Cancer 2009 Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York The Rapidly Changing Management of Metastatic Breast Cancer 2007 MD Anderson, Houston 2006 Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference
  9. 9. Let our Voices be Heard!WEBSITE: MBCNBuzz YOU! TWITTEREMAIL NEWSLETTER: @MBCNBuzzVoices facebook: Metastatic Breast Cancer Network