TPM #16: How breast care nurses can help...with Kerry Patford

December 12, 2017



Breast care nurses are often the unsung heroes of a breast cancer support team. But they are the ‘glue’ that holds everything together. Providing information, support and advice when you need it most.

While the rest of our medical team is focusing on treating the cancer, the breast care nurses are focusing on caring for their patients. And they do a bloody amazing job at it.

They take time to understand who you are outside of breast cancer, and how having breast cancer will impact your life. Then they just do all they can to make it work for you, with as little impact as possible.

In this episode hear from McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Kerry Patford, and learn all about the amazing work that breast care nurses do, and how they can help you.



McGrath Breast Care Nurse Kerry Patford has positively impacted the lives of thousands of women affected by breast cancer. Kerry connects with patients and their families, providing them with vital support, information and care, to assist them through what is one of the most difficult periods of their lives.


Kerry is passionate about her role, and proud to be part of the McGrath Foundation, which she has been involved with since 2009.




  • ALL ABOUT the wonderful work that breast care nurses do

  • WHAT is the primary role of a breast care nurse

  • ALL ABOUT care coordination

  • HOW you can access a breast care nurse

  • HISTORY of the McGrath Foundation





What’s the primary role of a breast care nurse?

Information, support and advice to women and their families who have been directly affected by a positive breast cancer diagnosis. They are able to assist in navigating treatments and appointments, and answer any questions you may have about your breast cancer.


A big part of the role is ‘care coordination’

That is making sure that patients can get to treatments when and where they are needed, making sure appointments are scheduled, that a patient can get to and from where they need to with the least amount of disruption.


How can you access a breast care nurse?

It’s important to note that you don’t need a referral to get a breast care nurse. If you haven’t already been provided with one, you can simply go onto the McGrath Foundation website and search for one near to you, and get in touch.


How much does it cost?

Thanks to organisations like the McGrath Foundation, all services provided by breast care nurses to patients are absolutely FREE.


About the McGrath Foundation

Established by Glenn and Jane McGrath. Jane felt strongly that anyone going through breast cancer should have the same opportunity to benefit from the unique support of a breast care nurse. So in addition to making breast health understanding a priority, the McGrath Foundation raises money to ensure that the thousands of women and men experiencing breast cancer can have the support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, no matter where they live – for free.



“On top of providing information, support and advice, we form real relationships with our patients and their families”




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