Breast cancer support comes to Ballarat as BCNA welcomes back face-to-face information forums

Breast Cancer Network Australia

This month Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) will bring its first face-to-face event in over two years to Ballarat.

On 26 May, our ‘Living well with early breast cancer’ Information Forum will welcome local people diagnosed with breast cancer to come along to learn about the latest in current and emerging breast cancer treatments.

BCNA’s Living Well Information Forums are designed to provide information and support to everyone affected by breast cancer – whether they have been diagnosed with DCIS, early breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer.

The Ballarat forum will also address how to manage common side effects, the role of exercise in maintaining health and wellbeing, and the emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis – including strategies to help people manage.

There will also be a breakfast for local people living with metastatic breast cancer to hear the latest in treatment and care and advice on managing the emotional challenges of living with incurable breast cancer.

BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti says the forum will provide attendees with the evidence-based information they need to help them make informed decisions throughout their breast cancer experience.

‘We know that when someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, the further they live away from a metropolitan city, the more support they need. We want to give everyone who lives in a regional and rural area the information they need to navigate their treatment and care.’

The forum will ensure people in and around Ballarat are informed to make healthy lifestyle choices to promote wellness, manage treatment related side effects and enhance long-term health outcomes.

Guest speakers will include Clinical Psychologist Dr Charlotte Tottman, Medical Oncologist and Clinician Scientist Dr Belinda Yeo and Breast Care Nurses Leanne Storer and Joylene Fletcher.

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