Friday Update - 27th May 2022

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edited June 2022 in Community news and events

Friday Update 27th May 2022

Hello everyone,

I hope you have had a chance to view some of our informative online
events held in the past few weeks and thankyou to those who attended the Ballarat Forum
yesterday. Further details of these events will be shared with you in this

Thankyou to everyone who supported their local Bakers Delight and
making the 2022 Pink Bun campaign a great success. With your help over $1.3 has
been raised. This will help BCNA to continue to be the voice for Australians
affected by breast cancer.

Take care.

Community highlights

forum discussions

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

1. Newly diagnosed - private
or public

2. Hormone suppression

3. Overwhelmed new diagnosis

4. Mastectomy

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Community News

BCNA My Journey article updates

have been some updates on My Journey articles 'Menopausal symptoms related to
breast cancer treatment'
and ‘Urinary symptoms related to breast
cancer treatment'  

BCNA News 25 May 2022  - Election Result  

BCNA are looking forward to working
with the elected Australian Labor Party (ALP) government on the implementation of their policy announcements that impact breast cancer
treatment and care. CLICK HERE  to read further

BCNA Events – Ballarat Forum Recap

BCNA were excited to be back with the first face to face
forum since 2019. Held in Ballarat yesterday (26/05), the ‘Living well with
early breast cancer’ information forum explored topics including: the latest
treatments for early breast cancer; managing common side effects of treatment; living
well during and after treatment; and coping with the emotional impact of breast

We had a number of wonderful organisations at the event,




Dragons Abreast Ballarat

Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC)


BRICC is a local cancer centre providing cancer care and
treatment for the community in the Grampians Region of Victoria. They have a
wellness centre that provides services such as oncology massage, wig library,
yoga, walking group, Look Good Feel Better, support group, bra fitting and
financial advice. More information can be found on the link provided above.  

Presenters included Dr Belinda Yeo, Dr Charlotte Tottman and
exercise physiologist Tracey Duggen. McGrath breast care nurse Joylene Fletcher
and BCNA consumer representatives Renee Donaghy and Carol Wharton gave tips
about managing common side effects of breast cancer treatment.

Joylene shared several services in Ballarat:

Wait for Wellness (promoting wellness during and after treatment with healthy
eating & nutrition)

Local support group, Ballarat
Pink Phoenix

Dragons Abreast Ballarat

also encouraged women to reach out to her or Leanne Storer, the local breast
care nurses in Ballarat. The McGrath website has their contact details

Upcoming BCNA Forums – Join us in Launceston

BCNA will be in
Launceston on Wednesday 22 June to host Information Forums for people
living with breast cancer. There will be two concurrent information sessions
throughout the day – one for people with early breast cancer and one for people
with metastatic breast cancer. Please register for the session that is
appropriate for your diagnosis. CLICK
 for further information and
links to register

The Beacon – June edition

The June
edition of The Beacon is due to be sent via email next week. In the last
Friday update I provided a summary of some of the topics covered – you can
refer to the post Friday
Update 13th May 2022


Webcasts you have missed

If you missed the webcast on Tuesday
night, you can now watch on-demand via the following link Managing the long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment . The webcast was well received and a topic that is relevant to
many people navigating the side effects of breast. This webcast addressed
common long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment and how you can manage
them, explain why ongoing support and follow-up care is important, explore the
role of survivorship care plans and why you might need one, and let you know
about support and resources available to you.  Registrations exceeded
3,000 and more than 1,000 people watched the webcast live. 

If you missed
the ‘Ask the Expert’ event this week, you can watch the video via the following
link Ask
the Expert: Managing cognitive changes related to breast cancer treatments with
Jo Lewis
The session saw 1,822 registrations, with over 500 live attendees. We heard from
occupational therapist Jo Lewis and BCNA member Kate Keogh Murray. The
session addressed what you need to know about cognitive impairment following
breast cancer treatment, including key causes and symptoms you may experience,
effective strategies and practical tips to help you manage symptoms, and where
you can find help. 

Podcast – coming in June

In BCNA’s monthly podcast
series Upfront About Breast Cancer, June will see the conversation
focus on ‘Men and Breast Cancer’. Stay
tuned for further details via the Upfront
About Breast Cancer Podcast page

Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries

If you watched the recent webcast Managing the
long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment
, you may have
taken note of Prof. Bogda’s mention of several website links for people to
gain information and strategies to improve health during and after cancer
treatment. As well as support for working after cancer. I thought these
appropriate to share for this week’s recommended reads:

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Take care,

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

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