Getting your diagnosis of breast cancer can take a little while as there are a number of scans and tests needed. This is a time of uncertainty and anxious waiting.
No matter how you’re feeling, try not to overwhelm yourself. Try to remember that most people survive breast cancer and that you are not alone. Knowing this can be very reassuring as you go through the next few weeks and months.
If you feel like breast cancer is dominating your every thought, there are some strategies that can help. Many of the strategies included on this page have been suggested by people diagnosed with breast cancer who found them helpful during their own experience.
A diagnosis of breast cancer is different for everyone, no two people’s circumstances are the same. For others, making changes and planning ahead provides a sense of control.
There’s no rule for how to handle emotions, you have to do what’s right for you and that may change over time.
Below are things that others have told us they found helpful.
Call BCNA’s Helpline on 1800 500 258 for information, support, resources and for a referral to the services you need.
Find out what other Australians have had to say about their experiences of connecting with others and the effects that breast cancer can have on family and friends.
In the videos below, people who have experienced breast cancer share their insights into what helped them feel supported.
If you have been newly diagnosed, you may wish to look online for information to help support you during this time. While there is good quality, reliable information on the internet, there is also information that may be unhelpful, inaccurate and scary.
BCNA’s fact sheet, Getting the most from the web: A guide to breast cancer information on the internet is designed to help you find good quality information on the internet. It contains a list of reliable Australian and international websites.
Please remember that not all the information you read will be relevant to you and your specific diagnosis. If you have any questions about your diagnosis or about the information you read, please talk to a member of your treating team.
Paul is living with metastatic breast cancer. He shares his story and his determination to live a happy and long life with his family
Lisa is a Consumer Representative for BCNA. Lisa was diagnosed in 2012 and is passionate about helping people with breast cancer
Ruth is a Consumer Representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She shares her lived experience with breast cancer
After your surgery, a detailed pathology report on your tumour and tissue helps your medical team decide the best treatment options for you
Allison was working and taking care of her two kids, while also supporting her sister through her breast cancer when she was diagnosed herself