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Media releases 31 May 2017

Breast Cancer Network Australia statement on Olivia Newton-John's cancer recurrence

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is saddened to hear the news that beloved Australian entertainer Olivia Newton-John has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, more than 20 years after her initial breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast cancer can return after many years, and for survivors the fear of cancer recurring or progressing is very real. Metastatic breast cancer is incurable, but many people with this diagnosis are able to survive for many years with a very good quality of life.

There are around 9,000 Australians, mostly women, who are living with metastatic breast cancer.

BCNA is working hard to support women and men with metastatic breast cancer. We have a number of up-to-date, evidence-based resources available to assist people at the time of diagnosis and over the subsequent course of the illness. We provide information on the disease, treatments and how to live well with metastatic breast cancer.

Our major resource is the Hope and Hurdles kit, which can be ordered on our website or by calling our helpline on 1800 500 258.

Feeling anxious and frightened about breast cancer returning is very common for people who have had breast cancer. Australians with breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer, are encouraged to call BCNA’s helpline to discuss any concerns. It operates business hours Monday-Friday, and until 9PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information about cancer recurrence, visit

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