Over the past two decades, Breast Cancer Network Australia’s My Journey Kit has helped hundreds of thousands of Australians deal with a breast cancer diagnosis and plan their treatment. With the launch of the My Journey online tool, the kit has now gone digital, giving information to women that is relevant to their individual diagnosis and circumstances.
On 13 March, we were delighted to officially launch the My Journey online tool at an event with the BCNA board, health professionals, partner organisations and members all in attendance.
The tool has been developed with mobile, tablet and desktop in mind after women with breast cancer told BCNA they needed to be able to access information while meeting with their treating team, during chemotherapy, at work and from bed when they think of something in the middle of the night.
While the paper My Journey Kit was initially designed for people with early breast cancer, the My Journey online tool has information for people with different breast cancer diagnoses. For the first time, we are now able to provide information to people who are diagnosed with DCIS, early breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer all in the one spot. There is also information in there specifically for men with breast cancer. The tool also allows you to update your information in line with your situation changing, and provides information on treatment side effects, diet and exercise, travel, finances, returning to work and other relevant subjects.
The My Journey online tool has been designed by breast cancer experts in collaboration with digital experts and people with a personal experience of breast cancer, and has been funded by Cancer Australia.
Cancer Australia CEO Dr Helen Zorbas said: “It is estimated that more than 19,500 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. My Journey provides each and every one of them with ready access to valuable evidence-based information, to inform decision making and support their needs. Cancer Australia has been pleased to provide the funding to BCNA to deliver this initiative.”
If you have already signed up for the My Journey online tool, content is changing all the time, so please check back regularly for updates.
The My Journey online tool will have information that is right for you no matter your breast cancer diagnosis. To sign up, visit bcna.org.au/myjourney
Watch three BCNA members share their experiences of using the online tool during their treatment: