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NZ women and men talking about their breast cancer experiences.
A diagnosis of breast cancer is a life threatening and life changing event. Many of us are not prepared for such news and respond in different ways as we try to understand how breast cancer will impact on our health, hopes and happiness.
On this page, you can view web videos of women and men talking about their experiences of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, care and life afterwards and see how they have coped with this challenging experience.
Those featured have different types of breast cancer, are from a wide range of backgrounds, age groups and ethnicities. They describe their experiences of finding out about breast cancer, their early feelings, and how they coped. They talk candidly about their experiences and feelings of during the ‘breast cancer journey’.
Partners, daughters and sons also share their reactions and what they did to help; while health professionals discuss their approaches and what they offer.
We hope you'll find some comfort, strength, and support in seeing and hearing about others' experiences of breast cancer. That you'll know you're not alone and that you'll be reassured to see those who come through the journey with a renewed vigour and appreciation for life.
To read brief profiles about the women and men who appear in the web videos click here.
We'd love your feedback on the videos - use the form below to send us your thoughts.
The BCAC web videos
To view the videos, click on the link to the right of the title.
Who is at risk of breast cancer?
New Zealand women and men talk about
their risk factors or lack of them for breast cancer.
Diagnosis with breast cancer
New Zealanders talk about how they came
to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Reactions to a diagnosis of breast cancer
New Zealand women, men and their families
talk about their reactions to a diagnosis of
Surgery for breast cancer
Kiwi women and men talk about surgery
for breast cancer. A breast surgeon also
provides comment on various procedures.
Chemotherapy for breast cancer
New Zealanders share their experiences
of chemotherapy. A medical oncologist and
breast care nurse also provide comment.
Radiation therapy for breast cancer
Women discuss their experiences of
radiation therapy, with a radiation oncologist
also providing comment.
Hormone therapy for breast cancer
Women share their experiences of
hormone (or endocrine) therapy for
Women discuss whether they decided
to have breast reconstruction or not and
talk about the surgical procedure.
Clinical Trials for breast cancer
New Zealand women who have been
involved in clinical trials for breast cancer
talk about their experiences.
Secondary breast cancer
Women and men with secondary
breast cancer talk about this diagnosis and
the impact on them and their families.
New Zealanders, their partners and
family members talk about the kind
of support that helped them deal with
breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Your relationship with your partner after breast cancer
New Zealand women and their husbands and
partners talk about their intimate relationships
after breast cancer treatment.
What helped get me through breast cancer?
Kiwi women talk about the things that helped
them get through a breast cancer diagnosis
Life after breast cancer
Women discuss their lives after breast cancer.
BCAC would like to say a very special thanks to all the interviewees and their families for their courage and generosity in sharing their stories.
Our thanks also go to breast and general surgeon Associate Professor Ian Campbell, medical oncologist Dr Richard Isaacs, radiation oncologist Dr Claire Harding, breast care nurse Cheryl MacDonald and clinical psychologist Danute Leathem for their involvement in this project.
If you've found Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer useful and you'd like to help cover BCAC's costs, please visit our donation page.
Our thanks also go to the following:
- Arnott's Tim Tam for the funding they provide to BCAC
- The Cancer Society Manawatu
- The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
- Sinda Hall of Sweet Louise
- Dell Gee and Diane Toulmin of the Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust
- The Millennium Hotel in Rotorua
- Tonic Creative Communications
- BCAC administration and communications staff
- The BCAC committee for its support of this project.
The production team for Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer was:
- Producers: Chris Walsh and Emma Robinson for BCAC
- Director: Emma Robinson
- Camera: Mathew Knight and Jon Bowden
- Sound: Ralf Hawley and Craig O'Reilly
- Music: Charlotte Yates
- Editor: Sue Malcolmson
- Copies of DVDs: The dub shop
Filming took place between December 2010 and March 2011 in Palmerston North, Rotorua and Auckland.
The opinions expressed in Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BCAC. Most of the participants were not treated by the medical professionals who appear in Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer.
Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer are the copyrighted property of BCAC.
We'd love to hear your feedback on Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer. Please use the form below and send us your thoughts.