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Where to find support

Looking after your wellbeing is easier when you are informed about support options available. From financial support to child care benefits, BCNA has listed some key resources, assistance and incentives available for you and your family living with metastatic breast cancer.

BCNA Helpline

BCNA's Helpline provides information about breast cancer for women and men living with breast cancer and for their family members and friends. Our Helpline team can provide you with written information about breast cancer and issues that may be concerning you. They can also talk to you about concerns that you may be experiencing as a result of your breast cancer and can refer you to supports available to assist you. 

You can contact our Helpline team on 1800 500 258 between 9.00 am and 5.00 (Eastern Standard Time). The Helpline is also open until 9.00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  

You can also contact us by email on beacon@bcna.org.au. 

Professional telephone counselling

BCNA also provides professional one-on-one counselling support to women and men with metastatic breast cancer, and their families.

To make an appointment to speak with an experienced professional oncology counsellor in the privacy of your own home or preferred place phone BCNA on 1800 500 258 or email beacon@bcna.org.au. You can read more about the service by clicking on the below link. 

Peer support

Support may be hard to find. A local support group can be a good way to meet people who understand what you're going through. You can find dedicated metastatic breast cancer services and support in your area at the link below. 

In some parts of Australia, it can be difficult to find a local group that supports women with metastatic breast cancer. Many women find BCNA's online network a great way to connect with other people, share experiences and seek advice. It provides a private group for people with metastatic breast cancer, called Living with metastatic breast cancer. This group was set up by, and is run by, people with metastatic breast cancer. 

Financial assistance

For women living with metastatic breast cancer, the financial costs associated with treatment and care can be substantial. Fortunately, there is financial support available. Read more about incentives available to you and your family living with metastatic breast cancer below.

Practical support 

A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can affect many aspects of your life. Here are some incentives available for you, as well as some important considerations to plan for. 

Palliative care

One of the ways people can access specialised support is through palliative care, yet there is often misunderstanding around what palliative care can offer because it can be associated with end of life care. 

When told what palliative care services can actually provide, many people are much more comfortable with the idea. Palliative care means that you, your family and carers can get practical, emotional and physical support.

Read more about what palliative care can provide for you and your family by clicking the link below.

Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Palliative Care Toolkit

To find out how palliative care can help you or a loved one with metastatic breast cancer, you may also want to use the Palliative Care Toolkit. Developed by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and BCNA, the Toolkit asks five questions to produce tailored information on how palliative care can improve quality life for you and your family. 

In addition, the tool points can point you in the direction of local palliative care support services in your area, or the area of your friend or family member. The toolkit is also available to family, friends and carers of people living with metastatic breast cancer, is free to use and available no matter where you live. To find out more about how the Toolkit can help you or a loved one, navigate to the link below.