April content round-up

Amelia_BCNA Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 14

Hi members,

I hope you have all had a wonderful month and
enjoyed the content round-up for March.

Please find the April content round-up below and keep
an eye out for announcements for new content in May, as we have lots of great
things planned!

If you missed it, please find information
about our Ballarat Information Forum here. We are so excited to
be back on the road and to connect with our community!

As always, if you have any feedback on the
content or have any ideas of topics you’d like covered, please feel free to
always send me an email acox@bcna.org.au.


Thank you,




In conversation with Kala and Emily: Living with metastatic breast

us for this In
 episode are Kala and Emily.

Kala was diagnosed with stage 4 de novo metastatic breast
cancer in her spine and liver in 2018. Following her treatment, she received a
complete response. However, in 2019, Kala developed brain metastases and she is
currently receiving ongoing treatment.

Emily was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2019. She
underwent treatment and surgery and was in remission. In 2021, after feeling
something wasn’t right, Emily had scans which showed that the breast cancer had
spread to her pelvic bone and liver. Emily has since undergone further
treatment and surgery.

During this candid conversation between Kala and Emily
we’ll hear their stories, biggest challenges, how they coped with their
diagnosis, what resources they found helpful, how they have adjusted to lifelong
treatment, the financial impact and the advice they have for those diagnosed
with metastatic breast cancer.

Listen here.

In conversation with Tania and Fiona: The
challenges of living in a rural area following a breast cancer diagnosis

Joining us for this In Conversation episode are Tania and Fiona.

Tania was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 when she
was 32 and living in a rural community 100kms from Adelaide. After her
diagnosis she had to travel to Adelaide for tests, surgery, chemotherapy and

Fiona was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021 and lives
on a farm in southwest Victoria. She had a mastectomy, four and half months of
chemotherapy, radiotherapy and has recently commenced hormone blocking

During this candid conversation between Tania and Fiona
we hear their stories, the challenges they faced, how they coped with the
hardship of travelling for treatment and the financial impact, where they found
support and the advice they have for those diagnosed with breast cancer living
in a rural area.


Ask the Expert:

Living well with lymphoedema with Maree O’Connor

In this Ask the Expert event,
we heard from lymphoedema physiotherapist Maree O’Connor and BCNA Consumer
Monique Bareham. Maree is lymphoedema physiotherapist with over 30 years
experience in the management of lymphoedema for people affected by breast
cancer and Monique was recently announced as South Australia’s 2022 Local Hero
for her advocacy for compression garments for lymphoedema after her own
personal experience of lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment. 

This session addressed what you need to know to be able to live
well with lymphoedema, including symptoms you may experience, how you can
reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, current and emerging treatments,
where you can find help and what you can do to help manage lymphoedema. 

Watch here.