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Friday Update - 11th February 2022

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Friday Update 11th February 2022

Hello members

February is upon us and BCNA have some great content coming up this month, including an ‘Ask the Expert’ interactive Zoom session (More details are in this update below).  A quick reminder that Carman’s Fun Run is happening on the 20th Feb https://www.bcna.org.au/news-events/events/carmans-fun-run/ for those of you who are interested.                                                                                                                           

Community highlights

January Online Network activity

January saw the Online Network receive a total number of 13,403 visitors to the community: 86 discussions and 829 comments. The ‘Choosing breast reconstruction’ private group had a lot of activity this month with 10 new discussions (If you are looking to interact with other members of this group head to https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/group/1-choosing-breast-reconstruction to join).


Popular forum discussions

Members new and old may have missed some of the forum discussions that have been most active the past fortnight:

1. Friday Funnies

2. Sentinel lymph nodes removed - Chemo & Radiation treatment

3. What 'new hobby' did you take up after your diagnosis/treatments?

4. Breast Cancer Trials Q&A with Annabel Crabb - Metastatic Breast Cancer. Feb 7, 2022

Community News

BCNA COVID-19 News – 9th February 2022

BCNA continues to bring together the latest information about COVID-19 and breast cancer to guide you through the issues and help answer any questions you might have.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, it can also reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract COVID-19 and can reduce the likelihood of spreading it to others. We also recommend you follow advice on social-distancing, mask wearing, and handwashing.

If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst receiving treatment for breast cancer, it is important to know that decision making about your care will be made with you. These decisions will be based on whether your COVID-19 symptoms are mild or severe, what your vaccine status is, the type of cancer treatment you are receiving, the stage and type of your cancer, and any underlying health conditions you may have. It’s important you also keep your treating team informed about any symptoms.

You can find information and further resources on BCNA’s My Journey: https://bit.ly/3HBho7U; You can also contact BCNA’s helpline on 1800 500 258.

BCNA Pink Sports Day 2022

Calling all sporting clubs, schools and associations to register now to host a Pink Sports Day in 2022. All sports can get involved and pink up to help support Australians affected by breast cancer. It's fun, it's free and it's a great way to bring everyone back together again this season, Register today: https://bit.ly/3LbBHuO


Cancer Mind Care

This project is a collaboration between Western & Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS), the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS). The Cancer Mind Care self-help online platform was developed and launched in 2021. It provides Australia’s first ‘one-stop-shop’ for tailored mental health support for people with cancer, their support persons, clinicians and First Nations peoples https://cancermindcare.org.au/


ABC Life Matters with Hilary Harper, Michael Mackenzie

We hear a lot from our consumers about delays in breast reconstruction and this podcast provides a glimpse into the wider context of what’s happening in the health systems. The ongoing impact of the pandemic has meant many Australians have faced lengthy wait times for elective surgery, but with surgeries resuming in some capacity in NSW and Victoria from February 7, what effect has the delay had on patients' health outcomes? Check out the ABC Podcast The price of pausing elective surgery

Webcast / Interactive Digital Event 

Ask the Expert: Triple Negative Early Breast Cancer with Dr Nick Zdenkowski -REGISTER NOW!

Join BCNA on Thursday 17 February Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm (AEDT) to explore what triple negative early breast cancer is including the different subtypes, the current treatments available and the key outcomes including risk of recurrence, genetic testing, implications and how to access clinical research trials. Register Here via the link and Please share your questions prior to the event via the question box on the registration page, email [email protected] or during the evening via the discussion box on your screen.

Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control

Many members have recommended and discussed this book that BCNA have listed in My Journey Library. I thought it would be a good one to mention again for our newer members. Authors Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis.


Hope you find the information in this week's update useful and in the meantime, if you have feedback or any concerns while online, please contact one of the moderators -  

@Jenny_BCNA @Carissa_BCNA @Anna_BCNA @Pat_BCNA @Mez_BCNA

If you need to speak with someone regarding your concern, please call 1800 500 258 alternatively, you can email [email protected]

Take care,

The mod team – Mez, Carissa, Jenny, Anna & Pat

 “Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

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