October virtual conference 

Tuesday 12 October:  Breast reconstruction – Options and expectations

Choosing whether to have a breast reconstruction is a very personal decision and it is important to do what feels right for you. Some women decide to have reconstruction to restore their confidence, or prefer to wear a breast prosthesis, while some women choose not to have reconstruction or to wear a breast prosthesis. Alternatively, you can also choose to have delayed reconstruction to consider your breast reconstruction options at a later time.

There are different options available for breast reconstruction and much to consider. Your breast surgeon and Breast Care Nurse can explain the options that may suit you best. It is important that you take time to understand your options and be involved in discussions with your specialist team to ensure you feel confident in your decision.

Join us for BCNA’s virtual conference to explore the different options of breast reconstruction that may be available to you. This will include managing expectations, the important considerations, the emotional and physical impacts of breast reconstruction as well as key findings from BCNA’s recently launched Breast Reconstruction in Australia 2021 Report which was a result of a survey of 3,350 respondents about their breast reconstruction experiences. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers at the end of each session.

Tuesday 12 October 2021
6.00pm – 9.00pm AEDT

Register here: Breast Reconstruction Virtual Conference

Thursday 14 October: Thriving together – Living longer, Living stronger

For many people, one of the hardest things to come to terms with when being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer is the understanding that the disease is not going to go away. Over recent years, advances in treatment for metastatic breast cancer mean that more people are living better and living longer. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is increasingly providing a wider range of options tailored to your individual circumstances, and leading to better outcomes.

The reality is there is simply no one path for someone who is living with metastatic breast cancer. We know some people encounter long periods, even years of cancer stability with little disease progression, while others have a more difficult experience.

Many people find the unpredictable nature of how the disease will progress and the uncertainty of what lies ahead as the most challenging aspect of their illness. Others also find the lack of understanding by those around them regarding managing current, new and ongoing treatments and side effects a never-ending challenge.

Join us for BCNA’s virtual conference to explore new treatments on the horizon for metastatic breast cancer and an in-depth look at the management of bone metastases. We will also explore advanced care planning, the importance of connecting with others for support to enhance control and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and strategies to help you with ‘living’ with metastatic breast cancer. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers at the end of each session.

Thursday 14 October 2021
6.00pm – 9.00pm AEDT

Register here: Thriving Together – Living Longer, Living Stronger Virtual Conference

Issue 89
Spring 2021