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BCNA News 17 Jun 2019

BCNA launches new podcast series Upfront About Breast Cancer

BCNA is happy to announce that we are on the air – digitally speaking – with the launch of our new podcast series Upfront About Breast Cancer.

The podcast series offers a range of in-depth discussions, hints and tips from a variety of experts including health professionals and BCNA staff as well as women and men affected by breast cancer.  

Three episodes are now available for streaming and new episodes will be added fortnightly, adding another medium of advice and support for members any time on smartphone or computer.

The podcasts are hosted by writer and former Nine News reporter Kellie Curtain. Her book What Will I Wear To Your Funeral? tells the story of her mother's diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. 

The first podcast is ‘Just diagnosed: what next’, with Kellie joined by BCNA Helpline Nurse Rosie Brown and breast cancer survivor Cat Mitchell. It’s a frank discussion about overcoming the initial shock felt at diagnosis and contains a number of practical ideas for the journey ahead.

Next in the series is ‘Out of pocket expenses’. BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti explains some of the financial considerations that come with a breast cancer diagnosis and tips on how to navigate the Australian healthcare system to get the best possible treatment with the least financial impact.

‘Communicating with your health care professional’ sees BCNA board member and oncologist Professor Fran Boyle joined by breast cancer survivor Leslie Gilham to discuss where to go to get the support you need and the right questions to ask.

This first season of Upfront About Breast Cancer has been made possible thanks to funding from the Dry July Foundation and the Supporting Women In Rural Areas Diagnosed with Breast Cancer program, funded by the Australian Government through Cancer Australia.

The podcast is currently available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the BCNA website. Click here for more information: https://www.bcna.org.au/understanding-breast-cancer/resources/podcasts/