Webcast: Managing long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer treatments can cause a number of different side effects, some of which are temporary and some that are longer lasting, with associated ongoing physical and emotional challenges.
Ongoing assessment and treatment of long-term side effects is an important part of survivorship care and integral for health, wellbeing and quality of life.
In this webcast, we heard from medical oncologist Professor Bogda Koczwara and BCNA Consumer Representative Naveena Nekkalapudi. Bodga is a senior staff specialist at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer where she developed a Survivorship Program and is the Cancer Council SA’s Clinical Investigator for chronic disease management after cancer. Naveena was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2014 and discussed the long-term side effects she experiences, her strategies to manage them, and her advice for others.
This webcast addressed common long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment and how you can manage them, explain why ongoing support and follow-up care is important, explore the role of survivorship care plans and why you might need one, and let you know about support and resources available to you.