Information and resources for early breast cancer
My Journey Kit
BCNA’s key resource for people diagnosed with early breast cancer is the My Journey Kit.
- Order a My Journey Kit for someone affected by breast cancer (the kit will be delivered to the person)
- Order a My Journey Kit sample pack for yourself (the sample pack can be used to point out relevant sections to the person you order for, and so they know what will come in the mail)
- You can also download a digital copy of the My Journey Kit Information Guide (PDF, 11.3 MB)
- More information about the content of My Journey Kit and the optional items available can be found on the My Journey Kit public website page
Review and development of My Journey Kit is guided by a Reference Group of expert clinicians with input from women and men who have experienced breast cancer.
Information provided in the My Journey Kit helps people diagnosed with breast cancer better understand their diagnosis and work through the decisions they will need to make in relation to their treatment and care.
My Care Kit
My Care Kit contains a specially designed Berlei post-surgical bra and soft form/s. It is provided free of charge to anyone who has recently had breast surgery. To order My Care Kits, you must be registered for the My Care Kit program.
- Order a My Care Kit (please register for the My Care Kit program first if you have not already done so)
The My Care Kit program is provided through a generous partnership between BCNA and Berlei.
Each My Care Kit includes:
- a post-surgical bra - featuring seams and lining that avoid pressure, extra hooks and eyes in the back to allow for any swelling. It can be worn during radiation treatment
- soft form insert(s) that can be modified to size in a style that caters for support and comfor
- the Strengthen Your Recovery DVD - a Pilates program for after breast cancer surgery
- a copy of our latest edition of The Beacon
- information on how to order a My Journey Kit
- discount card from Berlei
- a Medicare External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program flyer.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 500 258.
My Care Kit ordering guide
For more information on how to order the My Care Kit, including sizing charts for post-surgical bras, please see BCNA's My Care Kit ordering guide.
Fact sheets and booklets for early breast cancer
BCNA’s comprehensive range of booklets and fact sheets for people with breast cancer, their families and colleagues can be ordered at any time. More information about each booklet or fact sheet can be found on the public resources page.
Booklets and fact sheets appropriate to an early breast cancer diagnosis include:
- Anxiety, depression and breast cancer
- Beware Dr Google: A guide to reliable breast cancer information on the internet
- Bone health and breast cancer
- Breast cancer pathology
- Breast cancer and sexual wellbeing
- Clinical trials
- Chronic disease management plans
- Exercise and breast cancer
- Family history
- Fertility-related choices: A decision aid for younger women
- Financial and practical assistance
- Hair loss during breast cancer treatment
- Healthy eating and breast cancer
- Hormone therapy and breast cancer
- I wish I could fix it: Supporting a partner through breast cancer
- Men get breast cancer too
- Menopause and breast cancer
- Patient Assisted Transport Schemes (PATS)
- Sleepless nights: Breast cancer and sleep
- Tax free superannuation payments for people with a terminal illness
- Travel insurance
To order resources
You can order multiple copies of resources through the health professionals’ portal. From the options on the first page, select that you are ordering 'for your hospital / workplace' and the list of available resources will show.
- To obtain a login for the health professionals portal, simply register as a health professional.
Please note: health professionals and members of the public can download BCNA fact sheets and booklets from the public resources page on the BCNA website. By downloading and printing resources that are for your own use, you will help us keep costs down so we can continue to provide free resources to those who have been affected by a breast cancer diagnosis.
Website pages related to early breast cancer:
BCNA’s website undergoes a process of continuous review and update to include the latest evidence-based information.
Most information relating to an early breast cancer diagnosis is accessed through the Understanding breast cancer menu item. Some of the other public pages that relate to a diagnosis of early breast cancer are listed below for easy reference and so that you can direct people to them:
- Breast cancer statistics
- Breast cancer treatment
- Your medical team
- Breast cancer in young women
- Breast cancer in men
- Glossary of breast cancer terms
Resources for carers of a person with early breast cancer
Many Australians diagnosed with breast cancer will have a partner, family member or friend who provides regular support, personal care or assistance to them, both during and after treatment.
Many carers experience a range of complex and difficult emotions along the cancer journey. BCNA has compiled information and support for carers, including a video series and fact sheets to guide them and can be found on our Caring for someone with breast cancer webpage.
Facing breast cancer with a disability
BCNA has developed two new fact sheets Keep breast cancer away and Life after breast cancer which are available in Easy English written form, audio, and HTML for screen readers. A new video, Living with a disability and breast cancer, has also been released which has people sharing their stories of dealing with breast cancer treatment while living with a disability.
Resources for carers of people with a disability who have breast cancer – the video Caring for someone with a disability: the impact of breast cancer and the fact sheets Understanding breast cancer: information for carers of a person with a disability and You’re important too: looking after yourself as a carer – are also available on BCNA’s new Facing breast cancer with a disability webpage.
These resources are in addition to existing resources Sleepless nights, Feeling sad or worried, Lymphoedema, and Bone health and breast cancer, which are all available on BCNA’s Accessible resources page in Easy English, audio and HTML formats.