Better outcomes in Canberra for breast-cancer sufferers

THE Breast Cancer Treatment Quality Assurance Project 15 Year Report, which outlines the findings of breast cancer treatment from diagnosis in the ACT and South East NSW region, has found that the survival of women with breast cancer in our region is likely to be better than outcomes reported nationally.

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Health Minister Simon Corbell.

“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The incidence of breast cancer is rising but the mortality rate for breast cancer has decreased,” says Health Minister Simon Corbell.

“This 15-year report confirms that breast cancer care delivered by the ACT and SE NSW multidisciplinary teams is of a high quality and that breast cancer survival in our region is excellent. The likelihood that a woman is alive at five and 10 years after diagnosis of invasive breast cancer is 91.3 per cent and 81.9 per cent respectively.”

The quality of the data is unique due to the high participation rate, the aggregation of individual case data over a prolonged timeframe and the strong focus on quality assurance.


The ACT and SE NSW Breast Cancer Quality Assurance Project is conducted by the ACT and SE NSW Breast Cancer Treatment Group, which was created shortly after the release of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Early Breast Cancer.

Download the report at


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