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Speaking at the inaugural CNP conference in Manchester, Tracey Coleby discusses the benefits of proactive service

Speaking at the inaugural CNP conference in Manchester, Tracey Coleby discusses the benefits of proactive service

Collaborative working between breast cancer nurses and community teams is crucial to identify patients with advancing disease at an earlier stage, nurses at the Cancer Nursing Practice conference were informed.

Macmillan breast palliative care lead Tracey Coleby said a focus on a proactive service was necessary to ensure that nurses weren’t dealing with consequences only when things get worse.

She discussed a collaborative, integrated project at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, which identified 400 patients in one multidisciplinary team (MDT) for patients with advanced cancer last year.

Ms Coleby informed delegates that regular patient review was necessary: ‘Patients were only being referred at crisis point yet there were a lot of patients who had need. I wanted to try and give the breast

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