What's On at Breacan September until December 2015

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What's On at Breacan September until December 2015

Postby Janette » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:56 pm

Making Connections
Events for people living with Advanced Breast and Gynaecological Cancers.

Early Phase Drug Trials and Molecular Profiling
Thursday 24 September, 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Stylised graphic of a DNA sequenceBen Tran, Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is actively involved in clinical trials especially focused on drug development, molecular profiling and personalised medicine. Ben will speak about early phase drug trials and molecular profiling targeted for people with advanced/metastatic cancer (including breast cancer and gynaecological cancers). Part of this program is the capacity to test each person’s cancer for 48 of the most important cancer genes. In doing this, the hope is to find ‘driver’ genetic changes that can be matched to targeted treatments on clinical trials.

This session will be broadcast as a webinar, so you can either attend in person or participate online.

To participate online, please register for the webinar here, or to attend the session in person at the BreaCan Resource Centre, please book online or RSVP by email.

Join us to commemorate Advanced Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Coffee, Cupcakes and Reflexology too
Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm

A special morning tea for all women living with advanced cancer and their supporters. Advanced Breast Cancer Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of women living with advanced breast cancer. BreaCan is committed to supporting women living with advanced cancer and on this day in particular, staff and volunteers would like to recognise and pay tribute to the thousands of Australian women who live with advanced breast cancer.

Come along to BreaCan and join us for coffee, teas, delicious cupcakes and to top it all off, some pampering with reflexology! This is a great opportunity to chat with other women living with advanced cancer and our volunteers. We hope we will see you there.

Please let us know if you are planning to come so we can book your reflexology time. (Reflexology appointments are for women living with advanced cancer.) Our reflexologist Bernadette will tailor your reflexology session to your needs on the day, even if you are not feeling 100%.

Book online or RSVP by email

Ongoing Programs at BreaCan

What's On: Free information sessions and activities for all women diagnosed with breast
and gynaecological cancers. The current What’s On program has lots of interesting
sessions that you may like to attend. These include When Cancer Challenges Your Budget on Thursday 1 October and Love, Life and Relationships After Cancer on Wednesday 21 October.

Reflexology: Reflexology is a gentle therapeutic foot massage provided by a qualified reflexologist. BreaCan offers free 40 minute reflexology appointments once a month on Thursdays. Booking is essential, so please phone us on 1300 781 500.

Feel Good is a gentle exercise program, held fortnightly, in the city, and conducted by a qualified fitness instructor. Sessions are open to all ages and all levels of fitness. Phone us to find out how you can register to be involved and when the next session is being held.

Connecting From Home

We offer some sessions as webinars, so that you can take part online. Look for this symbol to show that a session is also being broadcast simultaneously as a webinar.



In the current program the following are offered as webinars:
When Cancer Challenges Your Budget on Thursday 1 October
Breast Reconstruction: What You Need to Know on Wednesday 18 November
Radiotherapy on Wednesday 25 November
(You can also attend in person - visit http://www.breacan.org.au/events/ to book.)

Welcome to the final edition of the What’s On for 2015. This is a very special What’s On program because it will be the last held at the BreaCan Resource Centre in its current location. By now, most of you will be aware that BreaCan has to move from its current location in the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (QVWC). We were informed by the QVWC Trust last year that our lease for our lovely ground floor position won’t be able to be extended beyond 2015.

This calendar, we are again hosting an information session off site. We’re partnering with our friends from Western Health to run a singing session in Altona alongside our usual information and support.

During the next few months we will be very busy with our regular Resource Centre activities, alongside a number of other initiatives. We’ll be finalising the Connecting and Supporting rural women with cancer project, establishing a Bridge of Support at Sunshine Hospital, working on Navigators, and looking for sponsors so we diversify our funding!

As well, we will be undertaking an independent evaluation of Breacan to look at what we do and how we might reach more women in the future. You may be asked to participate – please do – as it is really important for the people who use BreaCan to contribute to its future.

And all this while looking for a new home and getting ready to move. In the meantime, it will be business as usual. We will make sure there’s the least amount of disruption possible and that you’re kept up to date with any developments on the relocation page on our website.

As always, please let us know if you have any ideas about new topics and/or presenters that you would like to add to the BreaCan calendar, women’s needs will always be at the heart of what we do.

Cheers,

Lee Kennedy
BreaCan Manager
We are continuing to run some of our sessions as webinars, so if you can’t make it to the Resource Centre in the CBD, you can link in via the internet with a computer or iPad/tablet.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS


TAI CHI

MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
A gentle introduction to the art of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese practice that exercises mind, body and spirit.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

AFRICAN DRUMMING

WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
A fun and very interactive session. Drums provided – no experience necessary.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email
OCTOBER EVENTS

WHEN CANCER CHALLENGES YOUR BUDGET

THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 10.30AM-12.00PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
An experienced presenter will talk about re-budgeting, superannuation and insurance for people living with cancer.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

To participate in the webinar of this session please register here.

MEDITATION

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER 10.30AM-12.00PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
A practical, introductory session to relax the body and calm the mind.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

LIFE, LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS AFTER CANCER

WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
Understand the challenges that may follow treatment, develop tools to manage, and feel supported and informed.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

SINGING AND SHARING IN THE WEST

WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER 12.30PM-2.30PM
Location: Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre,
5 Sargood Street, Altona
Meet us in Altona to talk to other women who have experienced cancer, and to sing. Jointly hosted by BreaCan and the Breast Care Nurses from Western Health.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR OF RECURRENCE: FOR WOMEN LIVING WITH GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCERS

THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
Learn tips to manage this uncertainty and fear, and share with other women who also deal with this challenge, in a safe and supportive environment.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

NOVEMBER EVENTS

ALL IS CALM

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
As we approach the festive Christmas season, learn some strategies and practical ways to make this time as calm, meaningful and stress-free as possible.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 1.00PM-2.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
Find out about the factors women need to consider in deciding what is right for them, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues and new developments in the field.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

To participate in the webinar of this session please register here.

RADIOTHERAPY

WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 12.30PM-2.00PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
Hear about the different techniques used to deliver radiotherapy, the benefits and side effects, and current and emerging trends for its application in cancer treatment.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

To participate in the webinar of this session please register here.

DECEMBER EVENTS

END OF YEAR MORNING TEA

THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER 10.30AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
A very special morning tea as it will be the last in our current location at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Please RSVP by 26 November to assist us with catering.
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

CELEBRATIONS AND TRIBUTES

MONDAY 7 DECEMBER 11.00AM-12.30PM
Location: BreaCan Resource Centre, QVWC
The occasions may be happy or sad: how do we harness those special memories into something appropriate & meaningful?
Read more or register online... or RSVP by email

FEEL GOOD GENTLE EXERCISE PROGRAM

Upcoming dates: September 2, 16 and 30, October 14 and 28, November 11 and 25, December 9
This program offers gentle exercise to tone the body and help the lymphatic system. Conducted by a qualified instructor, the sessions are held fortnightly on a Wednesday from 10.30-11.30am. Women participating need to complete enrolment forms prior to attending. Call 1300 781 500 or visit our

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is a system of health care, incorporating mind, body and spirit. It offers tangible benefits to those living with a diagnosis of cancer and complements existing treatments. These sessions are delivered by a qualified reflexologist and offer an opportunity to alleviate some of your stress and tension. Please call 1300 781 500 to book an appointment.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

BreaCan offers a program of events specifically for women living with advanced breast or advanced gynaecological cancers (sometimes referred to as metastatic or secondary cancer). If you would like to know more, please call 1300 781 500 or visit the Making Connections page on our website.

Links to Further Support & Information

myhealthapps.net
myhealthapps.net brings together the world’s favourite healthcare apps that are tried and tested by people like you, providing a quick and easy way to find trusted apps to: make a difference to your health and help you support someone you care for. Each app is recommended by healthcare communities from all over the world including: empowered consumers, patients, carers and patient groups.
http://myhealthapps.net/

Plain Med, a plain English medical App from the University of Michigan
This free basic app converts medical language into everyday English. Through the app you can browse for a medical term and view its non-medical definition; search a prefix such as “cardio” to easily find the word you want and email the term and its definition to anyone you want. http://open.umich.edu/education/med/res ... onary/2012

Evidence-Based Medicine Portal for Wellness Therapies
Wellness Evidence is the world’s first online portal designed to help people explore medical evidence for the most common wellness therapies. With thousands of studies evaluating the benefits of approaches like acupuncture, meditation or yoga, they’ve made it easy to search the most relevant, authoritative sources of evidence-based medicine. The goal of this free resource is to inform and empower people seeking complementary, preventative health approaches and medical professionals selecting courses of treatment.
http://www.wellnessevidence.com/wellnessevidence

Cancer Australia Risk Calculator
This user-friendly, interactive calculator is intended for use by women who have not had breast or ovarian cancer. It is important to remember that the results of this calculator are not a guarantee of your risk levels, and that all women are at risk for breast cancer, no matter what their risk category. http://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/affec ... /calculate

About Herbs App, by Memorial Sloane Kettering
This app provides comprehensive, objective information about herbs, botanicals, supplements and complementary therapies, and more. Key features include: adverse effects and drug interactions of various herbs, botanicals, supplements and complementary therapies. It provides objective information backed by scientific references. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/treatm ... bout-herbs
Study Seeking Participants

Can you help with this important study to better understand the sexual health of gynaecological cancer survivors?

Lara Dolling, a Provisional Psychologist studying a Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree at Monash University is conducting a study to help better understand the sexual health of survivors of gynaecological cancer. The study is seeking 10 women to undertake a one hour interview with a registered provisional psychologist to discuss their experience with gynaecological cancer and its impact on their sexual health. For further information and to check your eligibility to participate, please contact Lara on 0406 969 450 or ldol1@student.monash.edu.au
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Dx LCIS Dec 1997, Dx IDC, DCIS, bilateral LCIS Oct 2005 er+pr+her2-
Bilateral Mastectomies, expanders and silicone implants

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