On Thursday 5 December, Channel 9’s A Current Affair ran a story about Oncotype DX, a gene expression profiling test suitable for some women with breast cancer.
BCNA member Julie Barnes shared her experience of undergoing the Oncotype DX test, which delivered life-changing news for her and her family that chemotherapy was unlikely to provide her with any additional benefit. This information helped Julie in her decision not to have chemotherapy treatment.
A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to represent BCNA members at the European Society of Oncology Conference on Advanced Breast Cancer in Lisbon.
This conference meets every two years to set international guidelines regarding the treatment of advanced secondary breast cancer, (known in Australia as secondary breast cancer).
We have all reached a significant milestone. Since it started in 2010, our online network has grown to reach more than 10,000 members – all connecting, sharing experiences and supporting each other without the constraint of time or distance.
The latest in BCNA’s series of short videos has been completed and focuses on life after breast cancer.
In the new video BCNA members share their experience following a diagnosis of breast cancer and how they adapted to the 'new normal' after treatment.
Video 8: Life after breast cancer
This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind celebrity look-a-like Cabbage Patch Kid in the likeness of Shane Crawford!
2013 marks the 30th birthday of the much loved, iconic Cabbage Patch Kids. And to celebrate, Cabbage Patch Kids have created a special, one-of-a-kind celebrity look-a-like Cabbage Patch Kid in the likeness of BCNA ambassador Shane Crawford, legendary Brownlow medallist and AFL Footy Show star!
It’s hard to believe that it’s November already…how did that happen? In the BCNA office, we have been busy developing a new booklet to help partners of people diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m thrilled to say that the booklet is now available!
BCNA’s new booklet ‘I wish I could fix it’: Supporting your partner through breast cancer aims to help partners, male and female, of women diagnosed with breast cancer within the last 12 months.
Today, Monday 28 October, is Australia’s Breast Cancer Day. A day for us to reflect on the impact of breast cancer and show support for women, men and families personally affected.
Today, like every day, BCNA pays tribute.
Fortunately for most women diagnosed with breast cancer the outlook is very good. But for those whose disease has spread and treatment options are limited, October can be a difficult time.
Are you a BCNA member and breast cancer survivor taking in the Sussans Women’s Fun Run? Or do you know someone running in support of memory of a loved one affected by breast cancer?
Share your reason for running!
We are looking for women taking part in the Sussan Women’s Fun – either this year or in previous years – who would be comfortable sharing their personal connection to breast cancer.
Last week in Sydney - BCNA staff and volunteers planted 15,000 pink silhouettes, representing the women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; 2,700 white silhouettes in tribute to the incredible women who will lose their life to breast cancer this year; and 125 blue silhouettes representing the men diagnosed with breast cancer.
BCNA member Cass Boyle will share her nipple tattoo journey through a documentary to screen on SBS 2 this Thursday 17 October.
“My nipples won’t work, they don’t function, they won’t function, they never will. But I don’t care, they look real, they feel real. They give me the ability to look back in the mirror and to like what I see again, to wear what I want to wear. I feel like I’m getting my foundations back and I don’t care that they’re artificial foundations, they’re my foundations.” - BCNA member Cass Boyle.