Speaking to you, our members, helps us to understand your experiences and identify gaps in information and support. Following research and consultation with people diagnosed with breast cancer, their carers and health professionals, BCNA has developed a range of new information resources.
The new resources include information for:
• people with a disability or low English literacy
• people from Chinese-speaking backgrounds
• carers of people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Information for people with a disability or low English literacy
We know that people living with a disability can face a range of additional challenges when diagnosed with breast cancer. People with disabilities and their supporters have told us that they need more inclusive information and support in a range of formats.
Our new resources for people with a disability or with low English literacy aim to empower and help them overcome the challenges they face in accessing breast cancer information and support.
The Easy English fact sheets and audio recordings are adapted from existing BCNA resources and focus on survivorship issues.
Our new videos aim to help reduce stigma, assist health professionals to understand some of the issues faced, and provide further information and support for carers.
Information in Chinese
Hearing unrealistic or unhelpful advice from friends and family about what you should or shouldn’t be eating after your breast cancer diagnosis can be frustrating or even distressing. Without access to reliable information, it can be difficult to identify myths and misconceptions.
BCNA’s new healthy eating resources provide culturally appropriate information on healthy eating after a breast cancer diagnosis for women who prefer to receive information in Chinese. Based on BCNA’s existing Healthy eating and breast cancer booklet, the new resources include a booklet in Traditional Chinese and audio CDs in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Information for carers
Many people diagnosed with breast cancer will have a partner, family member or friend caring for them, both during and after treatment.
Caring can mean many things, from being a good listener, to doing housework, to attending medical appointments with the diagnosed person. Many people who support someone with breast cancer don’t see themselves as a carer, so don’t know that there is help available.
BCNA’s new video series for people caring for someone diagnosed with breast cancer shares the experiences of carers. The videos provide information to help carers to support someone diagnosed with breast cancer, while also looking after themselves. The videos will be available on our website soon.