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Living well with breast cancer online Information Forum

BCNA hosted an online Information Forum for people living with breast cancer and their supporters. 

The Information Forum covered a range of topics including the latest in breast cancer treatment, managing your emotional wellbeing after a breast cancer diagnosis, and how you can live well during treatment and beyond. 

It was an opportunity to hear about what BCNA does and the services and resources we have available to support you. 

Please note that the forum explored the insights and perspectives of people affected by breast cancer living in Wagga Wagga, with some of the content tailored to the local support available in and around this particular area. 

Guest speakers included Medical Oncologist Dr Belinda Keily, Wagga Wagga McGrath Breast Care Nurses Sue Munroe and Monica Jessop, Director Supportive Care Services at Cancer Council Tasmania Sarah De Jonge,  Exercise Physiologist Samantha Jones, and Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist Stuart McKenzie.  

There were three information sessions – one for people with early breast cancer, one for people with metastatic breast cancer and one about maintaining health and wellbeing during a breast cancer diagnosis and beyond.  

Living well with early breast cancer

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Living well with metastatic breast cancer

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Living well with breast cancer: Health and wellbeing

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Wagga Wagga local community groups  

Erilan Mastectomy Collection 

Erilan is a store dedicated to supporting women undergoing breast surgery with the supply and fitting of lingerie, clothing and breast prostheses. The range includes surgical bras, mastectomy bras, breast prostheses, scar management, swimwear, leisure clothing and headwear.  As owner, Jill Tucker experienced breast cancer and underwent surgery in 2006, she is well qualified to understand the needs of women during this time. As Australia is a large country with many remote areas she also recognised the need for women right across Australia and beyond to have access to these products hence, Erilan assists women locally and beyond through both a brick and mortar store and an online store. As well, free online appointments are also available.

Lilier Lodge 

Lilier Lodge opened in 2004 and was purpose built by Can Assist and the Cancer Council NSW, together with the support of local and regional communities. Lilier Lodge is a Home Away From Home and safe haven for country people having to travel to Wagga Wagga for specialist cancer treatment. When vacancies allow Lilier also extends its hospitality to people travelling for other medical appointments.

The Lodge is a not for profit 21 room self-care accommodation facility which assists over 1400 per year. Assistance is also provided with IPTAAS information and applications. 

Guests have access to and can utilise the communal lounge, communal kitchen / dining room, BBQ area, and communal laundry. There is also plenty of outdoor space in which to potter, rest and relax including the Serenity Garden and the Kitchen Deck and Vegie Garden. A continental breakfast is also included with the accommodation and is self serve in the communal dining room. 

Remedial Physical Solutions 

Remedial Physical Solutions in Wagga Wagga offers a range of natural therapies designed to assist with pain relief due to musculoskeletal and lymphatic conditions. With over 29 years of experience, no matter the condition you may be suffering from, Robyn will identify the problem by providing the appropriate treatments. 

Cancer Council NSW 

Cancer Council provides information and support to all people affected by cancer. This support can be accessed by calling our information and support line on 13 11 20 or by visiting our website cancercouncil.com.au. Cancer Council works across all different cancer types, and supports all stages of a cancer journey.

Practical Support: including legal & financial assistance, home help, transport and accommodation.

Emotional Support: including peer support, counselling and support groups.

Cancer Information: including booklets, factsheets, podcasts and webinars.

Find a McGrath Breast Care Nurse

Referral to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse is available to you for free, whether you’re in the private or public health system. McGrath Breast Care Nurses can support you from diagnosis, and throughout your treatment.

Sussan and Berlei

Through October, our wonderful Major Partners Berlei and Sussan are running two very special campaigns to support BCNA. 

Berlei's Pink Bra Campaign will again donate $10 from the sale of every product in their new Pink Bra collection. Sussan will also donate $10 from their new season pink t-shirt and $20 from every pair of specially marked pink Pyjamas sold. Funds raised wills help raise awareness of BCNA and the support we provide Australians affected by breast cancer. 

You can find these fabulous items instore and online at Berlei.com.au and Sussan.com.au.