Globally, including in developed nations, many underserved patient populations (UPPs) with advanced/metastatic breast cancer (ABC/mBC) do not have appropriate access to healthcare. In October 2019, a range of experts from various disciplines — including healthcare professionals, patient representatives, policymakers, and politicians — met to discuss and prioritize the critical needs of UPPs with mBC. This meeting identified 6 key challenges in access to care and proposed actionable solutions for each. The meeting attendees also published a report on addressing disparities and challenges in underserved patient populations with mBC in Europe.

To help address these challenges, the ABC Global Alliance and Pfizer Oncology have collaborated to develop a toolkit of relevant, community-based initiatives and best practice summary documents that aims to drive collaboration across the global ABC/mBC community. 

The toolkit is composed of the following materials:

  1. Initiative Repository
    Contains information on all initiatives included in the toolkit and allows users to filter and sort by different criteria to find those that are most relevant
  1. One-Page Summaries 
    Summaries of each initiative that can be accessed directly from the repository
    1. Best Practice Documents
      Collated through a combination of written submissions and interviews with the creators of initiatives across 4 categories
      • Educating Patients & HCPs About ABC/mBC
      • Support for Patients with ABC/mBC
      • Peer-to-Peer Support Groups or Platforms for Patients with ABC/mBC
      • Raising Awareness & Promoting Earlier Diagnosis
    Video 1: We Can Do More
    Too many people living with advanced and metastatic breast cancer lack access to timely and affordable care, and we can do more. In partnership with the ABC Global Alliance, we are providing a growing toolkit of helpful information and resources to bridge these gaps and facilitate collaboration across the global ABC/mBC community. To learn more, watch the video below:​​
    Video 2: Dr. Cardoso: Hard-to-Reach ABC/mBC Communities Toolkit
    Please view this video to watch Dr Fatima Cardoso (Director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center in Lisbon, Portugal) provide background on the Hard-to-Reach ABC/mBC Communities toolkit: