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Friday update 4 September 2020

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edited September 17 in Community news and events

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our Friday update and a very warm welcome to all our new members.  It’s officially Spring!  Bring on the beautiful spring flowers and warmer weather!  I hope that you are travelling well and managing with the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place in your state or territory.  If you are finding that you need extra support, don’t hesitate to call our helpline on 1800 500 258 to speak with an experienced cancer nurse.  You may find some of the following services helpful for extra support if required.


Community news

Each fortnight we have lots of great posts within the online community, here are some that you may have missed.

1. Newbie Commenced by @Barbara63, I hope all is going well with your current chemotherapy treatment.

2. Is this my new normal? Commenced by @P0SB24, a great response by @Zoffiel.

3. Creative Covid Project Commenced by @gumnut, loving that bear, so cute!

Community updates


Fulvestrant (Faslodex) a step closer to being added to the PBS

BCNA is pleased to advise that Fulvestrant (Faslodex) has been recommended for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for treatment of hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer.

This is yet another example of the power of our network and the importance of consumers having a voice to ensure the best treatment is delivered to all, not just those who can afford it. Read more

Cancer Support Referral from Cancer Council

Health professionals can now refer patients to Cancer Council’s nurses who provide information and support to people affected by cancer.   All they need to do is fill in this support form and one of the cancer nurses from Cancer Council will contact you to see what support you may require.

Support includes financial & legal, emotional and psychosocial support, peer support, wig service, holiday break program or general cancer information by an oncology nurse.

With regards to the emotional and psychosocial support, you may be able to access five sessions of counselling.  To access this service you can call the helpline directly on 13 11 20 during the hours of Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (cost of a local call).


Fundraising Update

Pink Bun

This year is the 20th anniversary of Bakers Delight’s partnership with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and what a year it’s been so far!

We would like you to celebrate with us as hundreds of Bakers Delight bakeries in countless locations across the country turn pink for the annual Pink Bun campaign in support of Australians affected by breast cancer.

From 8 October - 28 October 2020 every bakery will generously donate 100 per cent of the sale of the iconic pink bun to BCNA.  

Click here for more information


BCNA Face Masks still available

Breast Cancer Network Australia face masks are still available for a limited time, pre-order period is until September 14.

As we embrace our 'new normal' of wearing face masks (currently mandatory in Victoria) BCNA has received many requests from both members and partners wishing to purchase pink BCNA face masks to visually support all Australians affected by breast cancer. The BCNA masks are a one size fits most, triple layer, washable fabric face mask with filter included and fully adjustable elastic strapping for $15 each.

If you would like to order, enter your details via this pre-sale store link by September 14


Inspired Adventures are back with new dates of 8-14 September 2021.

You may have heard about our South Australia trek that was planned for 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone this adventure.

We know many of you wanted to be part of this incredible fundraising challenge, which is why we are excited to announce that we are now relaunching The Trek for Support South Australia 2021

This challenge is an opportunity to show your commitment to Breast Cancer Network Australia, visit South Australia and have an unforgettable experience with a team of like-minded people.

We understand the dilemma of making travel plans when the world feels unpredictable right now. You can register for an Inspired Adventure in complete confidence, because we promise to look after you should COVID-19 travel bans affect your plans.

If you’d like to learn more about the adventure, you can visit our event page

BCNA Impact Statement / Annual Report 2018 Celebrating 20 years now available View here

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Have a great weekend everyone, Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads!

The mod team

Giovanna, Riki, Laura, Michelle & Pat

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