On these pages you can check out the latest breast cancer news from BCAC and our member groups. We also provide up-to-date information and links to current breast cancer research and clinical trials. Read latest stories below, or use the filters or the pager below for other stories. Use the form to the right of this to subscribe to our e-News.
Women aged 40 years and over who have had surgery for early stage invasive breast cancer are invited to take part in this research study, called RAPID.
Research has shown that breast conserving surgery (removing part of the breast) followed by radiation treatment is as effective as mastectomy (removing the entire breast).
Radiation treatment after surgery improves the chances of not developing further cancer in the affected breast.
The shock of a new diagnosis; the challenge of treatment; and the relief of survival make for powerful viewing in a new series of web videos exploring Kiwi experiences of breast cancer.
Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer has been produced by the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) and features 15 women and men talking candidly about diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer. You can view their stories here.
Cancer patients are being urged to get their free seasonal influenza
vaccination before the Government’s subsidised campaign ends on July 31.
Health officials from the National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG) say that many
vulnerable people are still not protected from this serious disease.
NISG spokesperson and virologist, Dr Lance Jennings says it is particularly important
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In early May BCAC re-launched their website following several months of research, writing and development. The new website is a comprehensive resource supplying detailed information about breast cancer - the most common form of cancer to affect New Zealand women.
BCAC member group, YWCA Encore, runs a pool-based exercise programme for women with breast cancer. The programme is designed to restore mobility, flexibility and confidence through gentle exercise. This is a free eight week course brought to you by the YWCA.
For more information and to find out about Encore sessions in your area please visit their website - www.akywca.org.nz
Breast cancer survivor and director of a breast prosthesis importing company, Mary McAvoy, tells us what we need to know about breast prostheses.
A diagnosis of breast cancer arrives with an overcoat of confusion. Processing information, dealing with health professionals at the same time as prioritising emotions both of oneself and of others close is an unimaginable and unique process.
Three Maori women have broken their silence and shared their personal stories of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in the hope that they can encourage more Maori women to go for breast screening which could save their lives.
The ‘Women to Women’ DVD was launched at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae (Auckland Airport Marae) in April.
“Welcome to my Blog. My name is Susan and I am going to write about my first chemotherapy experience with Taxol.”
When Sweet Louise Member ‘Susan’ approached Support Coordinator Sinda Hall to see if Sweet Louise would host her blog on the website, the answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’
The Boobop Dragon Boat Club was formed in 2003 and hit the water to compete as a mixed team in 2004. This is the first season the team has been 100% breast cancer survivors and they have had an amazing season. To win two titles at the Nationals was a fitting season ending for a very dedicated coach, manager and paddlers.
It seemed like it had only just begun, then before they knew it the Pink Dragons were collecting their medals at the Nationals in Rotorua! They have had a great year with many highs along the way but the season’s highlight was their overseas trip to Sydney and taking part in the Dragons Abreast Regatta in Darling Harbour.