What Are We Doing About Metastatic Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds to HuffPo’s Barbara Jacoby

MBCN is a founding member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. On October 13, 2014, the MBC Alliance revealed the results of its Landscape Report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. You can read a summary here: http://mbcalliance.org/docs/MBCA_Exec_Summ_Landscape%20Analysis.pdf.

As one of the 29 cancer organizations working together under the Alliance’s banner, MBCN wants to transform and improve the lives of people living with metastatic breast cancer. One of our goals is to increase the understanding of MBC and how it differs from early stage breast cancer. Reading Barbara Jacoby’s recent HuffPo blog on progress and metastatic breast cancer reinforces the need for the MBC Alliance as well as the ambitious scope of this project. Clearly, we have much work to do. Read on for MBCN’s rebuttal of the HuffPo piece.


Recently, Barbara Jacoby wrote a blog post entitled, “What Are We Doing about Metastatic Breast Cancer?” In it, she made five assertions that need to be corrected with facts.


  • Public support and and research funding for those with metastatic breast cancer is more than adequate

THE FACTS: According to an extensive analysis by the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, metastatic breast cancer research makes up only 7% of the $15-billion invested in breast cancer research from 2000- to 2013 by the major governmental and nonprofit funders from North America and the United Kingdom. See www.mbcalliance.org/docs/MBCA_Full_Report_Landscape_Analysis.pdf


  • Though a great amount of money and research is dedicated to early detection, people should do everything they can to get treated early because that will prevent a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis

THE FACTS: Breast cancer is an extremely complex disease. Some…

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3 thoughts on “What Are We Doing About Metastatic Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds to HuffPo’s Barbara Jacoby

  1. jschoger says:

    Glad you wrote this.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. stunningly inaccurate, clearly uninformed gobble-dey-gook! so glad to read your excellent and factual rebuttal. would like to know more about Ms. Jacoby’s “experience with “reporting”.

  3. Laurie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I needed to read this today.

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