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Re: What's on at BreaCan, Nov - Dec 2010

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:16 pm
by Janette

Hana: Japanese Flowers

Monday 8 November 11am–12.30pm
Hana is the Japanese word for “flower” and as we pass through the last few weeks of Spring, it is a perfect
opportunity to learn how to create these beautiful floral embellishments.Lea O’Sullivan from Kimono House, a
Japanese textiles and craft business, will take us through the steps to create a beautiful petaled flower from fabric, which can be used in a variety of different ways.

Limited numbers so please book early – priority will be given to those who have missed out on Sashiko or Fabric Origami sessions in the past.

Radiotherapy – Myths and Reality

Monday 15 November 12–1.30pm

Roslyn Drummond, a radiation oncologist from Peter Mac who has specialized in the treatment of women with cancer for over 20 years, will talk about the use of high energy x-rays as an agent to kill cancer cells. Roslyn will give an overview of the history of radiotherapy, discuss the use and benefits of radiotherapy, and the current trends for its application in the treatment of cancer. There will be an opportunity to ask plenty of questions – so come and join us for an informative session.

Morning Tea for women living with advanced cancer:

Coffee and Cupcakes (… and Reflexology too!)

Wednesday 24 November
10.30am–12 noon
A special morning tea for women living with advanced cancer - brewed coffee, delicious cupcakes and to top it all off, some pampering with reflexology! Come along to BreaCan and chat with other women living with advanced cancer, meet our volunteers and maybe reconnect with someone you met at the September forum. The morning will be informal and relaxed – hope we will see you there.

Please let us know if you are planning to come so we can book your reflexology spot.


End of Year Celebration

Morning Tea

Thursday 2 December

BreaCan invites you to help us celebrate the festive season with friends, fun and some yummy food! We can look back on the wonderful achievements of 2010 and enjoy catching up with old friends and meeting new people from BreaCan. This is always a popular event so to help us cater for all please RSVP by Friday 26

African Drumming

Thursday 9 December 12–1.30pm
Jeremy Prentice is a drumming teacher from African Drumming in St Kilda. Join Jeremy as he shares with us what lies at the heart of African drumming: its spirit, traditions and wonderful energy. This will be a fun and very interactive session giving participants a chance to experience the stress relief and meditative benefits that African drumming can offer. That’s not to mention the wonderful rhythmic beats that we will learn along the way! (Drums provided – no previous experience necessary).

Limited numbers so please book early.

Dance As if No-one is Watching…

Monday 13 December 5.30–7.30pm
Dani-Ela Kayler is an experienced expressive movement practitioner who will facilitate a gentle dance session
– a perfect opportunity to encourage movement for exercise and personal expression and to connect with your body in a fun and creative way. Perfect for those with limited movement, or want to exercise without realising you’re exercising!! Join us for drinks after the session to toast the year just gone, and to welcome the New Year ahead.

Limited numbers so please book early.

As always, session numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Stitch, Knit and Natter!

Following the enormous interest we receive when we advertise sessions on Sashiko and Fabric Origami, we know there are lots of women who enjoy their craft work and are on the lookout for different or innovative techniques. Why not consider our craft mornings to complete your unfinished project, share ideas and maybe pick up a tip or two? Knitting, quilting, embroidery,hand sewing, cross stitch – no project too big or too small! You bring along your handcraft and expertise and we’ll provide the cuppa. It’s also a really good opportunity to connect with other women who’ve experienced cancer. Please note, no materials provided.

3rd Thursday of the month,
November 18, December 16

Introductory Hand & Foot 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. Jennifer Rigby is a reflexologist and
registered nurse offering an opportunity to alleviate some of your stress and tension. Please call to book an

November 17, December 1 & 8

Feel Good Gentle Exercise Program

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.

November 10 & 24, December 8

Women Living with Advanced Cancer

BreaCan runs activities for women with advanced breast or advanced gynaecological cancers. If you would like to know more please call 1300 781 500.

What's on at BreaCan, Nov - Dec 2010

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:28 pm
by Janette
BreaCan is a free, confidential information and support service for people affected by breast cancer or a gynaecological cancer. The service is open 10.00am–2.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Call in or phone one trained volunteers on 1300 781 500

Stitch, Knit and Natter! 3 rd Thursday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm; 20 May, 17 June, 15 July Many women take up craft work as a meditative and therapeutic activity, especially when waiting for appointments or undergoing treatment. Why not come along to BreaCan and devote some energy to your craft? At the same time share and connect with a couple of our “crafty” volunteers, and other women who are going through a cancer experience. Bring along your unfinished project – be it hand sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting or knitting. No materials provided – you bring your hand craft and we’ll put the kettle on! Bookings necessary.

Treatment Options And Opportunities For Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Monday 3 May 10.30am–12pm Dr Jacquie Chirgwin is a Medical Oncologist and Chairperson of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group who has a passionate commitment to helping women with breast cancer. Jacquie will talk on the different treatments available for women living with advanced breast cancer, options for symptom control, as well as new developments and approaches that may be possibilities in the future.

Making Sense Of The Pathology Results
Thursday 13 May 12–1.30pm The important role a pathologist plays in the diagnosis of breast or gynaecological cancer is often not well understood. Dr. Leonie Constable is a Pathologist with Melbourne Pathology. She will explain what happens from the time of the initial biopsy to the test results, the level of information you can expect, the criteria for staging a tumour and how a pathologist works with the medical team.

Yoga Thursday 27 May 12–1.30pm Sally Dawson is a classical yoga teacher and Principal of the Waverley Yoga Studio. In this session, Sally will talk about the benefits of yoga for women affected by cancer. She will also cover practical aspects such as deep relaxation postures, meditation and conscious breathing.

Women Living with Advanced CancerBreaCan runs activities for women with advanced breast or advanced gynaecological cancers. If you would like to know more please call 1300 781 500.

Sleeping Soundly Monday 7 June 12–1.30pm People with cancer face a range of significant physical and emotional stressors and the large majority will experience sleep problems at some point during their cancer experience. Justine Diggens, Clinical Psychologist from Peter Mac, will talk about what contributes to sleep problems, what happens when we are sleep deprived, cancer specific factors that contribute to sleep loss and some strategies to get that good night’s sleep!

Tai Chi (evening session) Wednesday 16 June 6pm–7.30pm Mind, body and spirit are all exercised simultaneously by this ancient Chinese exercise. Join Konrad Dorn from The Art of Harmony Tai Chi and Qi Gong Centre to learn more about the health benefits of tai chi – perfect if you’d always wanted to give it a go but didn’t know where to start!

Focusing On The Long Term: Living Well In The “Middle Years” Thursday 24 June 12–1.30pm Shifting the focus to long term can be a challenge after cancer, but as we travel through the “middle years” it’s important to take a big picture view of our health. Join Genevieve Lilley, a Women’s Health Nurse and Sexual Health Counsellor to learn about general health issues, screening tests (which ones? when?), detecting and managing risk factors for common conditions, living well and motivating yourself to live a healthy lifestyle.

Fabric Origami Monday 28 June 11am–12.30pm Origami (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. But here is origami with a twist! Join Lea O’Sullivan from Kimono House, a Japanese textiles and craft business, to learn the art of fabric origami. Come along and make a fabric flower which can be used as an embellishment in a variety of different ways.

Planning Your Own Funeral Wednesday 7 July 12–1.30pm
Planning a funeral can be a challenging and daunting prospect. Unfortunately this planning happens when our family and friends are the least prepared and emotionally vulnerable. Following the successful discussion groups held last year about death and dying, many women identified that they wanted practical advice about how they can plan for their funeral. Come and join Leigh Martin, Registered Wedding and Funeral Celebrant for an uplifting discussion of the practical, personal, creative and unusual ideas for celebrating our lives as we would wish.

Bellydancing Monday 12 July 12–1.30pm
Bellydance is a joyous dance style that suits all women - you are never too old, unfit or uncoordinated to give it a try! Come along to this special workshop and connect with your feminine, creative self. Professional bellydancer Jewel, will present a brief history of bellydance, perform for you plus teach you some beautiful new moves. The workshop will be paced to suit all attendees – no particular level of fitness or previous experience necessary.

The A-Z Of Gynaecological Cancers Thursday 22 July 10.30am–12pm
Women often tell us that they don’t have a good understanding of their gynaecological cancer, and that they often find it difficult to source good quality information. When women are diagnosed, they are often in shock and don’t always take in what the doctor is telling them, so we’ve asked Dr Deborah Neesham, Gynaecological Oncologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital, to come along and talk to us. It will be an ideal opportunity to listen, become more informed and ask general questions about gynaecological cancers.

Feel Good Gentle Exercise ProgramThis 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 10.30am - 11.30am. Women participating need to complete enrolment forms prior to attending. May 5 & 19, June 2, 16 & 30, July 7 & 21 May

Sessions are recorded and available to borrow on CD, or download as a podcast from our website.For more information visit BreaCan is a service of Women’s Health Victoria and is funded by the Department of Health

There are also some additional events that we wanted to tell you about.

1. Recipes for Living Forum – Ringwood
We are holding a forum for women with a gynaecological cancer or breast cancer in Ringwood. This is an opportunity for women to meet each other and listen to a range of speakers talk about the services that are available to support people locally. A focus of the forum will be on understanding the impact of cancer on people’s lives and finding some practical ways to assist women to live well.
Bookings essential.
When: Saturday 15 May
Where: Maroondah Federation Estate in Ringwood
Time: 9.30am – 2.45pm
To find out more: ring BreaCan on 1300 781 500 or email

2. Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) BreaCan Volunteer Pilot Project
When we wrote to you recently, we mentioned an exciting pilot project we are doing in partnership with RMH. From late April BreaCan’s peer support volunteers will be based at the hospital one day a week to provide support to women with breast cancer undergoing treatment. Women have often told us that they would appreciate being able to talk to another woman who has been through the experience, at the time of treatment. We are working closely with RMH staff who will play a key role in referring their patients.
This 18 month pilot project will explore and evaluate the value of such a model of support and the benefits to women.
To find out more: ring BreaCan on 1300 781 500

3. Women Living with Advanced Cancer Forum - update
BreaCan previously advertised a forum for women living with advanced cancer to be held in June, in partnership with The Cancer Council Victoria. The forum ‘Hope in the Face of Uncertainty’ will now be held on Saturday 11 September. We will forward you more details on this event in the next mail out.