Recognising a tireless breast cancer advocate

Tuesday 15 December, 2009

The Cancer Council Victoria is saddened by the recent death of Sue Lockwood, AM, who dedicated 16 years of her life since her first diagnosis with breast cancer to speaking up for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since her cancer became advanced she was an energetic advocate for the inclusion of patients with advanced breast cancer whose needs she realised were often overlooked.

Sue worked tirelessly to make life better for those with breast cancer as she lived with the disease herself. She represented their interests on the Cancer Council's Breast Cancer Committee for 10 years bringing a no-nonsense, firm but always helpful consumer perspective to the often impersonal discussions of clinicians.

She put the person back into the discussion of the disease while always respecting the science.

Sue's work on Committees, Working Parties and Project Teams has inspired others and influenced government policies, and through her extensive advocacy work, impacted the lives of many others. She was recognised for the national importance of her work by her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Her input to the Cancer Council Victoria through her private advice and public urging has helped us to stay focussed on the main game of keeping patients at the centre of cancer services.

She will be missed but her influence will live on.