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BCNA News 26 Sep 2017

New bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer

Women who speak Chinese and Greek who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer will now be able to access information in their own language to help them live well after their diagnosis.

BCNA’s new resources for Greek- and Chinese-speaking women include:

  • Bilingual booklets in Greek, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
  • Audio resources in Greek, Mandarin and Cantonese
  • Videos of women sharing their breast cancer story in Greek and Cantonese.

You can access this information through BCNA’s Bilingual resources for women with metastatic breast cancer webpage.

BCNA CEO Christine Nolan said women with metastatic breast cancer have different emotional needs from those diagnosed with early breast cancer and that it’s important they have information to support them.

‘Women with metastatic breast cancer will often need to make more complex decisions about treatment and they have a poorer prognosis than those with early breast cancer. It’s really important these women have access to tailored information in their language to help them make these decisions and live as well as they can following their diagnosis,’ Christine said. 

‘Our new resources have also been designed to assist health professionals engage with women from different cultural backgrounds and their family members who may not have a strong command of the English language,’ she said.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that women in Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Arabic-speaking communities have a high rate of incidences of breast cancer and are more likely to report themselves as speaking English ‘not well’ or ‘not at all’.

‘We want women to understand they are not alone and they’re not the first woman to go through this experience. BCNA supports all Australians affected by breast cancer, no matter where they live and what language they speak,’ Christine said.

These metastatic resources are the latest addition to BCNA’s bilingual resources. Currently, information on breast cancer treatment and survivorship is available in Greek, Arabic, Vietnamese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese (with audio in Cantonese and Mandarin).

This project is a Cancer Australia Supporting People With Cancer Grant initiative funded by the Australian Government.