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Friday update 26 February 2021

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to our Friday update.  A warm welcome to all our new members who have joined the community over the last few weeks.  We hope you are settling in and finding your way around.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the moderators @Giovanna_BCNA or @Laura_BCNA.

We have received many positive messages following the ‘Fear of Recurrence’ webcast.  Thank you to everyone who tuned into our webcast last week which addressed what happens when treatment ends, recognising and managing the fear of recurrence.  If you missed it click here

Community highlights 

1.  Do I or don’t I? commenced by @Grandma of 7 great to hear you have made your decision.

2.  Beta blockers may have additional benefits 

3.  Our Gardens love the garden photos

Community news

COVID-19 vaccine for people with cancer

We have recently started to receive some calls and emails regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and how it might affect people with breast cancer.  See information below from Cancer Council Victoria’s latest newsletter.

‘The Cancer Australia COVID-19 Vaccine and Cancer Roundtable on 19 February was an important event to bring experts together to explore the policy, advocacy, health and research implications of the Australian Government’s vaccine rollout. It also provided an opportunity to establish a unified position to champion the needs of people affected by cancer.’

We understand that as result of this forum, Cancer Australia will be developing some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the vaccine, specific to people affected by cancer, which we hope will be available within the next two weeks.  Once released I will make sure this is available via the online network.  In the meantime, if you are after information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, the best source of information is the Department of Health’s websiteYou can also contact your state Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

Living with metastatic/advanced cancer: a handful of insights, options, and support (Victoria only)

Date: Tuesday, 16/03/2021

Time: 9.30am–2.40pm

Location:  Online workshops and webinars

Join our first ever online day of sessions for women who are living with metastatic/advanced cancer.  Our selection of information sessions and workshops provides information, practical support and ideas to sustain your spirit.  Carers, friends, and family are welcome to participate.

For more information and to register

UPFRONT about breast cancer

Let’s be up front about hereditary breast cancer.  What does the term ‘family history’ of breast cancer mean?  What preventative measures are available to someone with a genetic mutation?

Listen to the latest episode of Upfront About Breast Cancer.

Episode 30:  Breast cancer, genes and family

Another great way Red Energy is supporting BCNA

In December 2020, BCNA Major Partner Red Energy introduced a unique way to power BCNA with the Red BCNA Saver Plan.

When you sign up as a residential customer to Red BCNA Saver plan, Red Energy will contribute up to $10 every month to BCNA.  That’s $5 for electricity and $5 for gas accounts for every month that you remain on the Red BCNA Saver plan up to the value of $120 each year*


Happy International Women’s Day 4 March 2021

This week’s reflective quote

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

- Nelson Mandela

Enjoy your weekend,

The mod team

Giovanna, Laura, Michelle and Pat

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