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BCNA News 16 Aug 2019

Adelaide hosts survivorship conference

More than 450 people attended Breast Cancer Network Australia's survivorship conference in July.

Topics for discussion included the latest in treatment and living well after a diagnosis.

Medical oncologists Professor Fran Boyle and Professor Sankha Mitra discussed the future of breast cancer treatments. Clinical psychologist Dr Charlotte Tottman spoke on the topic of "adjusting to a new normal after breast cancer".

Exercise physiologist Kerri Ireland talked about the why, what and how around exercise and breast cancer and health psychologist Dr Helen Donovan spoke about healthy behaviours.

The financial burden of breast cancer was the subject of Professor Bogda Koczwara's session. Lymphoedema consultant Jan Douglass highlighted the latest understandings surrounding that condition, and plastic surgery nurse practitioner Andrea Smallman outlined options and outcomes in breast reconstruction.

The conference also included a separate program for people living with metastatic breast cancer, looking at advances in metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, and provided coping strategies.

The conference included a moving Field of Women event on the riverbank frontage of the Adelaide Convention Centre where the event was held.

Feedback from members who attended was very positive:

‘The guest speakers were so informative and inspirational.'

‘I felt like part of a big family who all understood what each other was going through.'

‘A wonderful opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with others.'

‘Raelene's speech was so inspirational. It left me in awe of how she had overcome so many challenges.'

The Gold Coast will host the next BCNA survivorship conference in October. Check the BCNA website on https://www.bcna.org.au/events for more details.