Breast Cancer Network Australia hosted an Information Forum in Warrnambool for people living with breast cancer and their supporters.
The Forum covered a range of topics including:
It was also an opportunity to hear about what BCNA does and the services and resources we have available, alongside hearing from the local community groups and BCNA members who will share their experiences on a panel.
Guest speakers included:
Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.
Cancer Council Victoria provides information and support to all people affected by cancer. This support can be accessed by calling the Cancer Council information and support line on 13 11 20 or at cancercouncil.com.au. Cancer Council works across all different cancer types and supports all stages of a cancer journey.
South C Dragons is a women's dragon boat club that was formed in 2012 by breast cancer survivors and friends. SCD members are women of various ages and backgrounds who enjoy camaraderie and friendship within a social, sporting environment, and whose common goals are to get fit, keep active and have fun. SCD aims to develop and encourage dragon boating for all women in South West Victoria, including those who are cancer survivors.
Find resources created with and for those who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at all stages of treatment
Resources for Indigenous women diagnosed with breast cancer, including stories from other First Nations women about treatments and support
Tips to ensure people in same-sex relationships have access to the right health professionals and support following a diagnosis
Let’s be Upfront about the extra challenges and different needs of LGBTIQ+ people when diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Understand the main medical terms and acronyms you may find when you are living with a breast cancer diagnosis or going through treatment
Let’s be Upfront about navigating a breast cancer diagnosis as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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