Find out more about the members of the APPGBC.
Dr Philippa Whitford MP
Philippa graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 1982. She did most of her training in the West of Scotland and carried out research at Glasgow University into the immune response in breast cancer patients. Philippa spent 18 months as a medical volunteer in a UN hospital in Gaza in 1991 and 1992, just after the first Gulf War and during the first Intifada, followed by a short spell in Lebanon in 1993.
During 19 years as a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon in Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Philippa redesigned the service and established reconstructive breast surgery. Her key national contribution was designing the Scottish audit standards for breast cancer services, helping set up regional cancer networks and organising the first annual Scottish Breast Cancer Networks Conference to encourage sharing of good practice.
Craig Tracey MP
“Before becoming an MP, like many people, I was touched by the effects of breast cancer after losing a friend to the disease. Her courage and dignity inspired me to do something positive and I took to fundraising for breast bancer charities.
“On being elected to Parliament, I found that joining the APPG was an excellent way to ensure that this issue was kept right at the forefront of the Government’s thinking.”
Thangam Debbonaire MP
After spending 26 years combining work to end domestic violence and promote gender equality with also being a classical musician (cello) Thangam was elected as the MP for Bristol West in 2015. Seven weeks later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has taken on the role as Co-chair of the APPG in order to contribute her experience as a patient and to help facilitate the voices and views of breast cancer patients, survivors and families to policy making.
Baroness Massey of Darwen
“I became involved in the APPG after learning from a friend how much has been done, but how much there is still to do in relation to breast cancer.
“I am also very glad that the group is undertaking an enquiry into geographical inequalities in access to care.”
Karen Lee MP
Karen Lee has chosen to be involved in the APPG for breast cancer for a number of reasons. As an ex-nurse who worked in gynaecological clinics she is aware of just how many lives are touched by breast cancer.
Karen has also had close personal experience of breast cancer as her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. The excellent compassionate care that Lynsey received throughout her illness and the support given to her family by numerous professionals has made Karen want to give something back. As well as becoming an active member of the APPG on Breast Cancer Karen acts as an Ambassador for the charity Breast Cancer Now.
Siobhain McDonagh MP
Siobhain has been the Member of Parliament for Mitcham and Morden since 1997 and decided to become an Officer for the APPG for Breast Cancer following her involvement in the successful Kadcyla campaign earlier that year.
Siobhain felt compelled to act when it became clear from friends and constituents that they did not have access to this secondary breast cancer drug despite its clear benefits.
Though this campaign was successful, too many women still die from breast cancer in the UK and Siobhain believes that we urgently need to put the spotlight back on this dreadful disease.
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University. Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, she has been actively involved in debates and amending legislation on many health issues, particularly control of tobacco and alcohol abuse.
She has published and lectured widely on palliative care, and researched into aspects of cancer palliative care and has remained an active clinician, teacher and academic as well as being involved in Parliament.
As a palliative medicine physician she is aware that breast cancer needs optimum management at all stages of disease – and that includes when it fails to respond to treatment.
Sharon Hodgson MP
Sharon’s involvement in the APPG Breast Cancer is driven from her personal experiences of family and friends living with and fighting breast cancer and the responsibility to her constituents in Washington and Sunderland West, who have some of the highest cancer incidence rates in England.
Since Sharon was first elected, she has championed raising awareness of breast cancer in Parliament, and used her first question in the Chamber to raise awareness of breast cancer.
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