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BCNA News 14 Nov 2019

First anniversary for My Journey online tool

One year after launch, 6,000 Australians affected by a breast cancer diagnosis are receiving the latest information from Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) My Journey online tool.

It provides instant access to trusted and up-to-date information for people affected by breast cancer, tailored to their own personal circumstances.

The tool is proving helpful, with 93 per cent of users who provided feedback saying they found the content useful.

People with early breast cancer and DCIS are among the highest users of the tool and those who are aged 51-60 are signing up in the biggest numbers.

It was developed for mobile, tablet and desktop after feedback from members who said they wanted to access information while meeting with their treating team, during chemotherapy, at work and from bed when they think of something in the middle of the night.

CEO Kirsten Pilatti has thanked health professionals for their help referring patients.

‘The My Journey online tool was developed with the help of breast cancer experts and we would like to thank everyone who has helped promote it,’ she said.

Health professionals can provide referral cards to patients, or set up their My Journey account for them.

‘We are happy for health professionals to use the method they find works best for them. We also encourage them to be familiar with the tool to help patients.

‘If any health professionals have questions about the My Journey online tool they should contact BCNA,’ said Kirsten.

McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Leanne Storer said it was important to provide people with some navigation and direction to ensure they get the most out of the tool.

‘I encourage my patients to download My Journey on their phone or iPad so they can use it when they’re speaking to their treating team and have the questions they want to ask right there.

‘There’s a vast range of topics and links to resources and networks they can join. I also like to suggest the tool as a way of revisiting a topic we may be discussing,’ Leanne said.

Health professionals can sign up patients for the tool here.