May Content Round-Up

Amelia_BCNA Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 11
edited June 2022 in General discussion

Hi members,

I hope you have all had a great month!

Please find the content round-up below for May.

Do you have any feedback or have any ideas of what you want the
team to cover? Please send me an email [email protected]
– I’d love to hear from you 😊



Ask the Expert:

Managing cognitive changes related to breast cancer treatments with Jo

We heard from occupational therapist Jo
Lewis and BCNA member Kate Keogh Murray. Jo has over 20 years’ clinical
experience as an occupational therapist and her clinical work specialises
in workplace rehabilitation and work health and safety. She
is currently completing her PhD, investigating how cognitive changes
experienced by women with breast cancer impact on return to work. Kate was
diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2017 and is currently experiencing
cognitive changes due to her breast cancer treatment and prescription

This 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. 



Managing long-term side effects of breast cancer

In this webcast we heard from medical oncologist
Professor Bogda Koczwara and BCNA Consumer Representative Naveena
Nekkalapudi. Bodga is a senior staff specialist at the Flinders Centre for
Innovation in Cancer where she developed a Survivorship Program and is the
Cancer Council SA’s Clinical Investigator for chronic disease management after
cancer. Naveena was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2014 and
discussed the long-term side effects she experiences, her strategies to manage
them, and her advice for others. 

This webcast addressed common long-term side
effects of breast cancer treatment and how you can manage them, explained why
ongoing support and follow-up care is important, explored the role of
survivorship care plans and why you might need one, and let you know about
support and resources available to you. 

Watch here.

Information Forum:

This month we hosted our first Information Forum in Ballarat.
Thank you to those who joined us. We will have on-demand videos of the
presentations on the BCNA website in the coming weeks so keep an eye out.

On Wednesday 22 June we will be coming to Launceston. For more
information or to register, visit the BCNA

The Beacon:

The June edition of The Beacon launches tomorrow! You will be able
to view it on the BCNA website.

In this edition of The Beacon, you’ll hear
about a woman’s experience with meditation and mindfulness following a breast
cancer diagnosis, discover the benefits of mindfulness from our expert,
discover the power of a conversation with someone going through a similar
experience and learn about why exercise is the wellbeing wonder drug and how
you can get into it. Plus, much more!