By: Bcn  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Breast Cancer, Health Information, Breast Cancer Support

Young women with breast cancer

Upfront U Kaiora

Library Displays

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.



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.

Travel subsidies

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

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Detection, Breast Cancer Prevention, Breast Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Breast Cancer Stories, Breast Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Treatment, Health Information, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Women With Breast Cancer

Other news and updates from Bcn


News & Action

An expert panel event was first considered in 2007 after BCN petitioned the New Zealand Government to address the high incidence, and resultant high impact of breast cancer on the health of New Zealand women. Several years ago, when working in Australia, the idea for a project – portraits of strength – came to Damien and he has now photographed women at various stages in their journey with breast cancer.


Herceptin® Update

The prognosis is poorer for the 25 to 30% of breast cancer patients who have such tumours – the cancer is more aggressive, growing more quickly and spreading more rapidly, there is a higher rate of recurrence and it is more invasive leading more often to metastases.



He told those present that there is fairly good evidence for a link between low levels of vitamin D and colorectal cancer, and suggestive evidence of a link with breast cancer, with the need for further studies. In May 2009 our AGM was addressed by Dr Robert Scragg, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, talking about Vitamin D and Cancer.


Conference Report

The conference theme, Moving Forward Together – Ahu Whakamua Tatou, reflected the atmosphere and sense of purpose through the three days of plenary sessions and workshops. Breast Cancer Network’s 1st National Conference for those who have experienced Breast Cancer was an amazing experience - informative and inspiring, fabulous and fun.