BCNA’s free telephone counselling service

BCNA’s 2014 survey of more than 580 women and men living with metastatic breast cancer found that many were not able to access the emotional support that they needed.

As a result of those findings, in 2015 BCNA established a free telephone counselling service for women and men with metastatic breast cancer and their family members.

Our expert counsellors Dr Carrie Lethborg and Ms Pauley Kessel have over 20 years experience working with people who are living with, or caring for someone with, advanced cancer. They can assist you with relaxation and mindfulness techniques, advice on how to talk to children or parents about your cancer, and couples counselling.

People who have used the service have told us it has helped them to better manage some of their fears and challenges, including fears about what might happen if their cancer progresses and they have to make new treatment decisions.

People have also told us how helpful it has been to be able to talk to someone independent, particularly around end of life issues.

I was very pleased to be able to talk to someone outside my family without fear of burdening them about my fears.

Our counsellors also have extensive experience in helping you to better understand what financial assistance might be available to you.

The counselling service is free and confidential and is open to people in all states and territories. We encourage you and your family members to use this service to talk about any concerns you may have.

Having the five free sessions with such a qualified person is a great financial relief for us and something I could not otherwise access.

To book a counselling session phone BCNA on 1800 500 258 or email

Issue 78
Autumn 2017