Metastatic cancer marks the diagnosis stage at which the disease has spreads beyond a primary tumor site to other parts of the body, such as breast cancer that has spread to the bones, liver or lungs. This stage of the diseases is considered to be incurable.
Stakeholders will work with cancer groups and patients to develop the new metastatic cancer nurse program, building on the success of existing cancer nurse programs – but expanding support beyond particular tumour streams.
Hospitals located in regional areas will be of particular focus for the program in an attempt to bridge the gap between major cities and rural communities for cancer care and outcomes.
The funding will be derived from Labor’s 2.3bilion Medicare Cancer Plan that includes cheaper scans, cheaper specialist consultations, cheaper medicines – and better support for people with metastatic cancer. The Medicare Cancer Plan will cover an additional 2,000 appointments a day – three million specialist consultations with no out-of-pocket costs.