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Early breast cancer

Information and resources for early breast cancer

My Care Kit

My Care Kit contents

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.

The My Care Kit program is provided through a generous partnership between BCNA and Berlei.

Each My Care Kit includes:

For more information, email: mycarekit@bcna.org.au 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  
  • Lymphoedema
  • 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.

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:

Other resources 

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.