Friday Update - 27th May 2022
Friday Update 27th May 2022
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 update.
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.
Popular forum discussions
Members new and old may have missed some of the forum discussions that have been most active the past fortnight:
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BCNA My Journey article updates
There 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 cancer.
We had a number of wonderful organisations at the event, including:
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:
· Joylene 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 https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/get-support/find-a-nurse/
Upcoming BCNA Forums – Join us in Launceston TAS!
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
HERE 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/PodcastsWebcasts 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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