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Leading experts and personal experiences

BCNA hosts free online webcasts and podcasts for people diagnosed with breast cancer. These webcasts are developed to provide relevant content from expert health professionals, trusted advisers and people with a lived breast cancer experience.

Watch or listen online from your computer, laptop or tablet.

Upcoming webcasts:

More information about upcoming webcasts will be available soon.

Recorded past webcasts:

The psychological impact of a diagnosis of early breast cancer

Recorded Wednesday 17 June 2020

A diagnosis of early breast cancer can be devastating and can trigger several adverse reactions and responses. Many experience a range of emotions including stress, sadness, fear and anger. It can also bring various challenges. In this webcast Dr Charlotte Tottman, Clinical Psychologist delved deeper into understanding the challenges faced, and the strategies to help support those affected by a diagnosis of early breast cancer. We also heard from Jodie, who talked about her own early breast cancer experience and strategies that have helped her during this time.

Coming to the end of breast cancer treatment - what now?

Recorded Thursday 4 June 2020

Moving on from the whirlwind of medical appointments and regular contact with your treatment team can feel like a sudden change of pace. It can also raise a lot of new questions and concerns. In this webcast we discussed coming to the end of breast cancer treatment, what to expect, follow-up care, looking after yourself and how to manage challenges that present after hospital-based treatment ends. Participants heard from Dr Belinda Yeo, Medical Oncologist and Clinical Scientist and Corella Hoogendoorn, breast cancer survivor and had the opportunity to ask questions online.

Living well with metastatic breast cancer

Recorded Wednesday 20 May 2020

Metastatic breast cancer, also referred to as Stage IV breast cancer is when cancer cells have spread from the original cancer site in the breast to another part of the body. It’s not curable but there are treatments that can help manage it and importantly provide a good quality of life. Living with the demands of lifelong treatment and the physical and emotional burden this may bring are the challenges people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer face, on a daily basis. Many people with metastatic breast cancer are also living with a compromised immune system as a result of the cancer and its treatment. In this webcast, we delve deeper into the challenges around living with metastatic breast cancer including managing stress, uncertainty and anxiety.

Complementary therapies for breast cancer

Recorded Thursday 13 February 2020

Breast Cancer Network Australia hosted a webcast with Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group that discussed complementary therapies, how they differ to alternative therapies, the importance of clinical research, the risks of doctor google and how to find evidence based, reliable information around complementary therapies. 

Gold Coast Together Towards Tomorrow Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

Recorded Sunday, 13 October, 2019

The metastatic (secondary, advanced, stage 4) breast cancer conference was held on Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. It included topics such as the emotional impact of metastatic breast cancer, the role of the metastatic breast care nurse, sexuality and sexual difficulties, diet and exercise and the launch of the Cancer Australia Statement - Influencing best practice in metastatic breast cancer.

Work and Breast Cancer in a structured environment

Recorded Tuesday, 24 September 2019

In this first of three webcasts relating to work and breast cancer, BCNA CEO, Kirsten Pilatti is joined by Robyn Batson from Sussan and Tarishi Desai from McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer. Our panel discusses the various options available relating to working through treatment, or making changes to employment arrangements and how this relates to your employment rights and responsibilities.

Work and Breast Cancer and being self-employed

Recorded Tuesday, 24 September 2019

In our second webcast for work and breast cancer, we take a deep dive into the world of those who are self-employed. BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti speaks with Denielle Cutajar, business owner and breast cancer survivor, and Michael Bates who’s background is in insurance law. The three discuss the challenges and supports that can be accessed following a breast cancer diagnosis for people who are self-employed.

Work and Breast Cancer – Executives

Recorded Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Recorded Thursday, 6 June 2019

Hormone-blocking therapy (also called endocrine therapy) is usually prescribed for women diagnosed with hormone receptor positive breast cancers. Hormone-blocking therapy works by lowering the amount of oestrogen in the body or by blocking oestrogen receptors on cancer cells. These drugs are very effective in treating hormone receptor positive breast cancers and reduce the risk of breast cancer returning - but for some women staying on hormone-blocking therapy for the long-term can be challenging.

This webcast will explore the challenges women with breast cancer face taking hormone-blocking therapy including ways to manage the side effects and reduce impacts on quality of life. Hear from leading experts, as well as a woman dealing with the challenges of hormone-blocking therapy and have the opportunity to ask questions online.

Breast reconstruction - know your options

Recorded Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Breast reconstruction surgery recreates the shape of the breast following a mastectomy or, occasionally, breast conserving surgery. It can be done at the same time as your surgery (immediate reconstruction) or as a separate procedure at a later time, even many years later (delayed reconstruction). There are many different options available for reconstruction and much to consider so it can seem overwhelming. Some women decide breast reconstruction is not for them. This sometimes called “staying flat”.

The decision is a personal one. It is an individual choice whether a woman wants to have a breast reconstruction, go flat or wear a breast prosthesis. It is important to be comfortable with your decision and your body’s look and feel. This webcast will explore the current options and issues affecting women considering breast reconstruction. Hear from leading experts, as well as a woman who has chosen the option of “staying flat”.

Living with lymphoedema - the conversation continues

Recorded Thursday, 16 May 2019

Lymphoedema after breast cancer is caused by damage to or removal of lymph nodes from the armpit or breast area. It may be ongoing, but it can usually be managed, particularly if diagnosed early. Lymphoedema can affect people during active breast cancer treatment, or even months or years after active treatment has finished.
This is the second in a series of two webcasts about lymphoedema and will delve deeper into the challenges around living with lymphoedema. In particular, the panel will look at the common questions and themes resulting from our first webcast as well as practical ways to manage and prevent lymphoedema. Hear from leading experts, as well as a woman living with lymphoedema.

Understanding lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment

Recorded Thursday, 28 March 2019

Lymphoedema after breast cancer is caused by damage to or removal of lymph nodes from the armpit or breast area. It may be ongoing, but it can usually be managed, particularly if diagnosed early. Lymphoedema can affect people during active breast cancer treatment, or even months or years after active treatment has finished.
This is the first in the series of two webcasts about understanding lymphoedema, signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention. Hear from leading experts, as well as a woman living with lymphoedema.

Young women's conference

Recorded Sunday, 14 October 2018

The conference was especially for women who were under the age of 40 when diagnosed with breast cancer. Hear from experts in fertility, body image, emotional wellbeing and breast reconstruction.
You can choose to watch the recording of the whole conference, or just topics that are of most interest to you.

Genetic testing

Recorded September 2018

Many people say they’re surprised to be diagnosed with breast cancer when there’s no history in the family. In fact, 90 to 95 per cent of all breast cancers have nothing to do with family history.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t mean that your daughters or anyone else in your family will also develop breast cancer. If you do have a close relative who has also been diagnosed with breast cancer, this could be by chance, as the disease is very common.
In this series, clinical geneticist Dr Michael Gattas answers commonly asked questions and breast cancer and genetics.

Plan B survivorship conference

Recorded Saturday, 11 August 2018

Plan A was a life without breast cancer.
Plan B is living well beyond breast cancer.

Whether your diagnosis was recent or many years ago, Plan B will help you to get the information, support and tips you need to deal with side effects such as fatigue, lymphoedema, relationship challenges and more. Hear from experts in exercise, sexuality, diet, emotional wellbeing and lymphoedema.

Just diagnosed: what’s next?

Recorded Wednesday, 27 June 2018

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be feeling shocked, overwhelmed, or afraid. You may have many questions about what you will face in the days, weeks and months ahead. Navigating your way through all of the information and advice you are given can be a very confusing and emotionally challenging time.

This webcast will provide practical tips about the information you need to help you through this time and guidance on how to make the treatment decisions that are best for you. Hear from leading experts, as well as a breast cancer survivor, who will share tips on what she wishes she’d known when first diagnosed and trying to make treatment decisions.