BCNA News


Game on!

BCNA partner the Melbourne Vixens will take on the Queensland Firebirds at Hisense Arena on Saturday 12 May.

As the match is the day before Mother’s Day, fans are encouraged to bring their mum to a Rock Up Netball session before the game, which will raise money for BCNA.

Keep an eye out on melbournevixens.com.au for details.

BCNA’s Pink Lady logo will feature on the Melbourne Vixens’ dress throughout the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season. Usually a privilege reserved for paying sponsors, the spotlight on BCNA’s logo reflects Netball Victoria’s commitment to raising awareness of BCNA and the support we provide.


A sweet way to support BCNA

Bakers Delight’s annual Pink Bun campaign will take over bakeries across Australia from 3 May.

Franchisees will donate their time and ingredients so that 100 per cent of the purchase price of Pink Buns comes to BCNA.

Write a message of support on a Pink Lady silhouette in a bakery or take home a BCNA tote bag.

You can also get your workplace, school, social or community group involved with a Pink Bun Party, such as a morning or afternoon tea.

Hurry, the campaign finishes on 23 May.

To find your nearest bakery, visit bakersdelight.com.au/BakeryLocator.


Stand with me at the ’G

Tickets to Field of Women are now on sale.

Be there as more than 18,000 people come together to form the shape of the Pink Lady on the MCG.

Field of Women is on Sunday 12 August before the match between Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.

Everyone is encouraged to participate (not just people diagnosed with breast cancer) so bring your friends and family.

Tickets are $59 for adults and children under 15 are free.

Visit bcna.org.au/fieldofwomen.


Special offer for BCNA members

Natural Instinct skincare is proudly supporting BCNA.

From 20 April to 11 May, Natural Instinct will donate $3 from every Skin Radiance Regime pack sold at Chemist Warehouse to BCNA.

Plus, Natural Instinct is offering BCNA members 20 per cent off its entire online range. Simply enter the code PINKLADY at the checkout. Visit naturalinstinct.com.au/shop.

Offer valid until 15 July 2018. The PINKLADY code cannot be used in conjunction with other coupons and does not apply to items on sale.


Extending aromatase inhibitor treatment beyond five years – is there a benefit?

At the December 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Austrian researchers presented findings from a trial that further explored the optimal length of time for women to receive endocrine therapy after early breast cancer.

This trial studied women who had received five years of endocrine therapy with either tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor, such as anastrazole or letrozole.

Trial participants were randomised to receive either two more or five more years of anastrozole.

Results of the study showed no significant differences in either the disease-free survival or overall survival of women treated with two additional years of anastrazole compared to five additional years.

If you are receiving endocrine therapy and are interested in learning more about the study findings and how they may relate to your treatment and care, speak with your medical oncologist.


Scents of occasion

Melbourne candle company The Karma Collective has launched a new fragrance for Mother’s Day.

The new Lychee & Peony candles cost $34.95, with $4 donated to BCNA.

Visit thekarmacollective.com.au to buy online or find your nearest stockist.


Sending a message to government

BCNA is asking for your help to get two breakthrough metastatic breast cancer drugs subsidised in Australia.

At the moment, the CDK inhibitors ribociclib (Kisqali) and palbociclib (Ibrance) cost about $5,000 per month for Australians to buy.

The CDK inhibitors are a new treatment option for men and postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

In clinical trials, the drugs have been found to substantially increase the length of time before the cancer spreads.

Despite many other countries having subsidised access to these drugs, including the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Lebanon, the Gulf states and Argentina, Australians are missing out.

You can help by contacting your local federal MP and state or territory senators.

Visit bcna.org.au/cdk-inhibitors to find out more.


Focus on young women

Thanks to our partner Sussan, BCNA is hosting a young women’s conference in Melbourne in mid-October.

Leading experts will speak about the unique issues that young women can face when diagnosed with breast cancer.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for further details.

Sussan is also helping us to better support young women by supporting our young women’s think tank, which will discuss key issues for young women.


Issue 82
Autumn 2018