Brochures, booklets and fact sheets
BCNA booklets, fact sheets and brochures are developed with the input of people diagnosed with breast cancer and health professionals involved in their treatment and care. They cover a large range of topics from sexual wellbeing, exercise and healthy eating, to hair loss during chemotherapy, fear of cancer recurrence and breast cancer in men.
- To see a list of the complete range of brochures, booklets and fact sheets for people with breast cancer, their families and colleagues, visit the Booklets and fact sheets page.
- To order resources for your hospital or workplace, use the Health professionals portal (allows multiple copies of resources to be ordered).
NOTE: to obtain a login for the health professionals portal, enrol in the BCNA health professionals program.
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.
Reports and resources
Work and breast cancer program
BCNA’s new work and breast cancer hub provides information and resources to help people overcome the challenges of continuing or returning to work after a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The hub provides information for employed and self-employed people, as well as their employers and colleagues. Topics covered in the hub include:
- managing work and breast cancer treatment
- the financial impact of breast cancer
- workplace rights and responsibilities
People wanting to connect with others and share experiences of work and breast cancer can access moderated discussions on BCNA’s online network.
For information and support around work-related challenges for anyone impacted by breast cancer refer them to call BCNA’s Helpline on 1800 500 258.
It is great to have a single place to refer people when questions about work arise, because circumstance for each person are so variable. The BCNA work and breast cancer information hub is very comprehensive with a mixture of practical tips and links to community resources.
The financial impact of breast cancer
BCNA commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to investigate the financial impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on women and their families.
The report, titled The financial impact of breast cancer, surveyed BCNA's members about the out-of-pocket costs of their breast cancer treatment and care, and other associated costs. The survey aimed to quantify the out-of-pocket costs faced by a woman in the first five years after a breast cancer diagnosis. Almost 2,000 survey responses were received.
You can read the report and case studies of how breast cancer has impacted women financially on The Financial impact of breast cancer web page. The page also contains tips for reducing financial burden, which may be helpful for your patients.
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 early 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.
Metastatic breast cancer resources in Greek and Chinese
BCNA has released a series of videos and booklets for women with metastatic breast cancer in Greek and Chinese.
Living with metastatic breast cancer: my story video series shares the experiences of women from Greek and Chinese backgrounds. In the video, the women speak in their own language with subtitles in English.
The metastatic breast cancer booklets are designed to give an overview of metastatic breast cancer, treatment options and side effects, as well as providing advice on living well with the disease. These are available in Greek, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, with audio versions available in Greek, Cantonese and Mandarin.
You can view or order these resources through the Bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer page.
Fear of cancer recurrence and Fear of cancer progression
Feeling anxious and frightened about breast cancer returning is very common for people who have had early breast cancer. These feelings can affect a person’s ability to live well and make plans for the future.
People with metastatic breast cancer can feel anxious and frightened about their cancer spreading further and worry what will happen if their treatment needs to change or what treatment options will be available to them if their cancer spreads.
BCNA has developed new resources to help people manage the fear of breast cancer recurrence and breast cancer progression. They include a series of short videos and a fact sheet containing practical tips and coping strategies.
The videos feature prominent oncologists Professor Fran Boyle and Professor Bruce Mann, talking about the improving state of breast cancer care and treatment, as well as BCNA members Gillian and Kym who share their strategies for coping with these fears.
If you are working with someone who has expressed worries about their cancer recurring or progressing, it may help to direct them to the Fear of cancer recurrence page or the Fear of cancer progression page.
New multilingual digital storytelling videos
BCNA has launched a series of six multilingual digital storytelling videos called In my language: my breast cancer story. In this video series, six BCNA members share their experiences in their own language: Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Each of the videos includes English subtitles.
The videos can be found on the Bilingual resources page.
BCNA has designed a series of accessible breast cancer resources designed specifically for people with a disability and/or low literacy levels. These fact sheets are in Easy English, which uses text and images to describe complex medical information simply.
The fact sheets are:
- Feeling sad or worried (based on BCNA's Anxiety, depression and breast cancer fact sheet)
- Sleepless nights: Breast cancer and sleep
- Bone health and breast cancer
- Keep breast cancer away
- Life after breast cancer
You can now download or order these Easy English fact sheets on our Accessible resources page.
BRECONDA web tool for breast reconstruction
Women deciding whether a breast construction is right for them after mastectomy can now use the free BRECONDA decision making tool.
- BRECONDA was developed by Associate Professor Kerry Sherman and her team at Macquarie University in response to research that showed 20-30% of Australian women who made the decision to have or not have a breast reconstruction felt regret following their decision. The research also showed that many women felt they did not have enough information about their breast reconstruction options at the time they made their decision.
- BRECONDA guides women through a series of questions to help decide if a breast reconstruction is right for them. It also covers stress management and strategies for communicating their decision to have or not have a breast reconstruction to family members.
- BRECONDA is ideal for women diagnosed with early breast cancer and also women diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ).
Bilingual resources (print and audio)
BCNA has a series of free resources, booklets and fact sheets in a number of languages, including:
- Traditional Chinese (including audio files in Mandarin and Cantonese)
- Plain English
The resources are available to download online from the above links.
Metastatic breast cancer information in Greek and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified Chinese, with audio in Mandarin and Cantonese) can be found at our Bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer page.
There is also an option to add these resources to a My Journey Kit order when ordering through the Health professional portal.
BCNA’s online network
BCNA's online network continues to be a vibrant, active community where women and men affected by breast cancer find support as well as information. The network’s team of moderators, working with BCNA’s Policy team, help users find accurate information, the best resources, and the latest updates about services, treatments and clinical trials. Over and over, members tell us how grateful they are for the support and information they find through the online network.
Health professionals are welcome to participate in the online network.
- To set up a login visit the online network home page
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
If you are working with someone who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, BCNA's Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people page may help provide appropriate information after diagnosis.
The page includes a video of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women sharing their breast cancer journeys, which aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to connect, seek support and information.
The page also contains information on current BCNA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community projects, as well as external links to further support.
The Beacon and Network News
The Beacon is our free national magazine for people diagnosed with breast cancer and their families and friends.
- Subscribe to The Beacon
- If you would like to discuss receiving multiple copies of The Beacon for your workplace please phone 1800 500 258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay in touch
Health professionals update
The Health professionals update provides up-to-date information about BCNA's key resources and services, as well as the latest research and other news relevant to professionals working in breast cancer. The Update is sent quarterly by email. If you are registered as a health professional you will automatically receive the Update (you only need to separately subscribe to the update if you do NOT wish to register as a health professional)
- Subscribe to the Health professionals update [note: you will not have access to the health professionals portal for ordering resources]