Coffs Harbour Set to Get the Latest in Emerging Breast Cancer Treatments

Breast Cancer Network Australia

On Thursday 7 September, people living in and around Coffs Harbour who have been affected by breast cancer are invited to Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) Living Well Information Forum to learn about the latest in current and emerging breast cancer treatments.

As Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation, BCNA’s Information Forum gives attendees the opportunity to connect, network, share lived experiences, and hear from healthcare experts. BCNA’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services Vicki Durston says it will also clarify what support and resources are available both locally and through BCNA.

“We know there are significant challenges accessing resources and support services in Coffs Harbour, as there are in many regional and rural locations across Australia,” Ms Durston said. “This may mean bearing the financial burden of travelling long distances and finding accommodation, through to lack of access to psychological support, lymphoedema care, or breast care nurses.”

BCNA surveyed Coffs Harbour members living with breast cancer in the region. They highlighted lack of psychological support and a need for psychosocial information, advice, and strategies to support those with breast cancer.

“We have over 2000 BCNA members living within 125kms from Coffs Harbour, which indicates a high number of people potentially having to travel long distances for screening, treatment, and follow up,” Ms Durston said. “One of our members was told she would have to wait up to 3 months for a breast biopsy, so she travelled to Sydney for the biopsy and was subsequently diagnosed with de-novo metastatic breast cancer.”

BCNA’s Information Forums are designed for everyone affected by breast cancer – whether they have been diagnosed with DCIS, early breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer. It will also be an opportunity to hear from local community groups and BCNA members, who will share their stories. The Coffs Harbour Breast Cancer Buddies support group will also be joining the Information Forum to promote the restart of their group following the impact COVID-19 had on face-to-face meetings.

Guest speakers include medical oncologist Dr Michelle White, oncology social worker Dr Carrie Lethborg, ALA certified nurse Lee Millard-Newton, exercise physiologist Hugh Campbell, breast care nurse Jane Kelly, and social worker Rob Brangwin.

To register your interest in attending please call 1800 500 258

About us:

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

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