Development of a tailored supportive care intervention for women living with advanced breast cancer

Project Details

Women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) report many unmet supportive care needs that impact quality of life and disease outcomes. Despite increasing numbers of publications describing the burden of unmet need, there has been no published research documenting the development of an evidence-based, consumer-informed supportive care resource. This study has been split into 2 phases.


The aims of phase 1 were;

  1. To explore what supportive care gaps exist for women MBC; and
  2. To identify supportive care resources already available and valued by women with MBC.

Phase 1 is now completed. The results have informed the next part of the study.
Find out more about the phase 1 results of this study.


This study is now in phase 2. The aim of Phase 2 is to develop a signpost initiative compromising of a resource designed to direct women to relevant supportive care organisations, and their resources, that can help women with MBC throughout their cancer care. The signpost resource will be developed with input from a comprehensive range of stakeholders, implemented for 3 months and then evaluated.

The aims of phase 2 are to:

  1. Develop a signpost resource;
  2. Pilot the initiative for 3 months at 3 hospitals, and
  3. Evaluate the feasibility and sustainability of implementing the signpost initiative.

View the Signpost Resource.


Krishnasamy M, Chua B, Gough K, Boltong A, Spence D, Francis P


National Breast Cancer Foundation (2016-2017)

Research Group

Cancer Nursing Research

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer, Practice and service improvement, Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

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