Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be overwhelming. It’s normal to experience a wide range of emotions when you are told you have breast cancer. Many people find that when they understand their diagnosis and know what treatment they’ll be having, they are able to put strategies in place to help them manage the physical, emotional and practical issues that breast cancer brings.
If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, it may come as a terrible shock. It can be difficult to know where to begin. It's important to take time to understand what your diagnosis means for you, ask questions and talk through the treatment options and the support available to you and your family.
On this page, you will find a collection of information and resources that can help you through the first few weeks and months after a breast cancer diagnosis. Learn more about types of breast cancer, your diagnosis, tests, treatment options and the support available.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is here to help you.
Learn more about the types of breast cancer – both non-invasive and invasive – and how best you can manage in the weeks following a diagnosis.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) are types of non-invasive breast cancer. You might feel confused about what DCIS and LCIS are, and why – even though they are not considered invasive breast cancers – they are treated in a similar way.
The following collection of resources has been designed for people who have been diagnosed with DCIS and LCIS.
Early breast cancer refers to cancer that is contained within the breast and may have spread to surrounding lymph nodes in the breast or armpit (axilla) but not anywhere else in the body. A diagnosis of early breast cancer can be distressing. You may feel anxious about what this means for you.
The following collection of resources has been designed for people who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to more distant parts of the body. It is sometimes called “advanced” breast cancer, “secondary” breast cancer or stage IV (4) breast cancer. Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer can come as a devastating blow, and the first few weeks and months after a diagnosis can be overwhelming. However, although metastatic breast cancer is not currently curable, it is treatable. For some people the cancer can be controlled for years.
You may experience many different emotions, and you will almost certainly find yourself worrying about what lies ahead, both for you and your family and friends. It's important to take time to understand what your diagnosis means for you, ask questions and talk through the treatment options and support available to you and your family.
On this page you will find a collection of information and resources that can help you find your way through the first few weeks and months after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.
Based on the experience of the BCNA network of Australians affected by breast cancer, we have developed resources to help you feel informed, connected and supported.
These are some of the things we are often asked by people when going through breast cancer experience, especially just after diagnosis.