Young women with breast cancer
Upfront U Kaiora
In October 2009 and 2010 we sent information packs to a total of 45 provincial libraries. The goal was to introduce women in smaller centres to information about reducing the risk of breast cancer, and to encourage libraries to feature their range of breast cancer books during October.
Other Recent Projects
BCN still has several copies of You’re Not Alone to give away to women with secondary breast cancer, who live in New Zealand. Booklet
- Reduce your breast cancer risk - Everyday actions for New Zealand women.
This booklet was reprinted in 2010 to provide information for young women, and is being distributed in cooperation with several large organisations who provide services for younger women.
Recommendations from 1st National Conference
For the last few years we have focused our efforts on recommendations from the BCN 1st National Breast Cancer Conference in 2007. BCN has worked alone on some recommendations, and with other cancer groups to help set up and promote new services. Working with others enables more goals to be achieved and connections between the groups to be strengthened.
Secondary Breast Cancer workshop – Living with Hope in your Heart
Recommendation – “that BCN develop a ‘chat room’ or an online message board facility on their website”. Recommendation – “That more information be available to women with metastatic disease, particularly on the BCN website".
We now have a section for women with secondary breast cancer on this website. See
. Here you will find personal stories and articles, resources and links. We would love to hear from you if you would like to add your story to the page.
Rural Women Workshop
Recommendation 48 - “that patients be provided with better information on the travel subsidies available”
See Issues 87, 88 and 89 of Upfront U Kaiora on our Resources page. The editor has interviewed 3 women who needed to travel for treatment, and examined the overall situation of rural women in New Zealand.
Other assistance is available from Work and Income New Zealand and your local Cancer Society. Each Regional Cancer Society has slightly different criteria so please contact your local branch. Local Citizen Advice Bureaux (CAB) or Family Support Centres will know if there are shuttles or other transport to your cancer treatment centre, and in some centres these groups may even make your booking for you.
Assistance from Work and Income is income tested and most likely in the form of a ‘Disability Allowance’ to a maximum of $54.05 per week. You will need to apply for at your nearest WINZ office. The limits for the income test may surprise you so check out
and give them a call.
Lifestyle and Environment Workshop