News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Services for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

11 September 2006

Invigorating Services for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Just a year after its public launch and initial fundraising event, the Louise Perkins Foundation is launching "Sweet Louise" services to metastatic breast cancer patients, initially in the Auckland region, with plans to expand as quickly as possible to other geographic regions.

A public presentation with details of Sweet Louise services is being held on Monday 30 October. Eligible patients are able to access services from November using a points-based voucher system which allows each patient to choose services to meet her key area of need. The costs of the services are being met by the Louise Perkins Foundation.

All services offered are in line with the Louise Perkins Foundation philosophy of offering strategies and services that improve the quality of life of women with metastatic breast cancer.

Foundation Chairman Scott Perkins says "Sweet Louise services will fill a gap in what is currently available, and will complement but by no means replace the great care and medical treatment that patients receive from their medical team and other organisations offering support in the breast cancer arena.

"Recently we've discovered that there is plenty of confirmatory research emerging that validates the Louise Perkins Foundation approach and confirms the need for the kind of complementary strategies we're offering. I believe that we're right on target."

All metastatic breast cancer patients in the Auckland region are eligible for Sweet Louise services. Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has recurred and spread since its initial diagnosis.

The Sweet Louise services are being offered in the following key areas:

Sweet Louise Helpers (practical help, including child care, gardening and lawn mowing, handyman services, personal home care and home cleaning services);

Sweet Louise Mind (strategies that may improve emotional wellbeing, including art therapy, counselling, positive mind techniques and group support);

Sweet Louise Body (strategies that may improve physical wellbeing, including exercise, diet, beauty, massage and Reiki).

Sophisticated IT systems have been developed to support the provision of the services, and a new website ( provides extensive information for patients and medical professionals. Information has also been produced in hard copy.

In addition, Sweet Louise is employing a Patient Support Co-ordinator to provide advice and support to women with breast cancer, help in understanding the physical and emotional impacts of the disease, and assistance in selecting the services to best support each woman at each stage of her journey.

The Louise Perkins Foundation is inspired by the life of Louise Perkins. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27, Louise continued to enjoy a rich and full life. In addition to receiving great medical care, she filled her time with reasons to live. She discovered a myriad of ways that helped her deal with the day to day experiences of breast cancer.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland