Cate Edwards' mother, Elizabeth Edwards, was successfully treated for early breast cancer, but then faced the advanced form of the disease in the last years of her life.
A recent global survey of women with advanced breast cancer found that 70% of women surveyed in the United States have caregivers who help them manage with their disease by accompanying them to doctor’s visits and helping with treatment decisions3. And 80% of these women believe resources to help friends and family understand and better cope with their advanced breast cancer are helpful3.
Following the loss of her mother in 2010, Edwards has joined Count Us, Know Us, Join Us as an ambassador to share her caregiver experience and to encourage those impacted by advanced breast cancer to find the resources and support they need. While at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium – the world’s largest breast cancer research conference – Edwards will participate on a patient advocacy panel to share her experience and perspective as a caregiver. Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Count Us was created to amplify the voice of people living with this disease, as well as those that love them. Thanks to guidance from the community for which the program was created, Count Us aims to bring much needed awareness, support and resources directly to all those impacted by advanced breast cancer. On Thursday, December 12th, Cate Edwards is available to share her story with your viewers.
Anyone affected by advanced breast cancer – patients, caregivers, loved ones, advocates and physicians should go to www.advancedbreastcancercommunity.org and be counted.