Workshop November 2016
On the 5th of November 2016 saw Advanced Breast Cancer Group hold the regular Workshop for Women, Partners, Families and Friends. The workshop was a great success with many members and their family attending. The day featured Dr Vikram Jain, a medical oncologist at the Mater Cancer Care Centre. Dr Jain gave a brief talk,…
When a Couch is More Than a Couch
In this moving and quirky article published in the New York Times in September 2016, the author explores the implications of living with advanced, or metastatic, breast cancer, through her wish to buy just the right couch. “an expansive bench that fits all of us. Something that will hold us through everything that lies ahead —…
13 October – advanced breast cancer awareness day
The month of October is breast cancer awareness month, “an annual international health campaign …. to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.” (wikipedia) It is symbolised by the pink…
Getting the Diagnosis
While this article from the New York Times, written by Julia Baird, is about getting a diagnosis of ovarian cancer rather than breast cancer, the experience she vividly describes is one that will be familiar to many women who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer. It is a generous sharing of the process…
We Need to Talk About Secondary Breast Cancer
This is an article on The Huffington Post, written from the perspective of a woman with primary breast cancer, in which she says “Somewhere along the way, I’ve realised I need to face my survivor’s guilt, sadness and the fear that I too might develop secondary breast cancer. People think that positive-thinking ‘beats’ cancer. It…
Workshop April 2016
On the 9th of April 2016 saw Advanced Breast Cancer Group hold the regular Workshop for Women, Partners, Families and Friends. The workshop was a great success with many members and their family attending. The day featured Associate Professor Nicole McCarthy, a senior medical oncologist at RBWH answering questions about the disease and current treatments….
Hand and Foot Syndrome
My hands, elbows and feet have cracked due to chemotherapy treatment, it is called Hand and Foot Syndrome. Symptoms Hands My fingers swelled a little and became red, then cracks opened up that reminded me of the radiation burns I had had after radiation. It was nasty and very sore. I experienced the side effects…
Keep a history of your illness. Include dates of scans and results, as you will be asked these dates often. Ask your oncologist to explain what the results of investigations and tests mean.