The following are a range of helpful guidelines:
New Zealand Guidelines
Directory of Cancer Support Services January 2012
Management of Early Breast Cancer
This guideline is published by the NZ Guidelines Group. The purpose of this Guideline is to provide an evidence-based summary of best practice in the management of early breast cancer in order to promote best clinical practice in relation to the care and management of men and women with early breast cancer.
Cancer Society Breast Cancer – A Guide for Women with Breast Cancer
This Guideline is published by the New Zealand Cancer Society. It gives information about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, practical support and the emotional impact of cancer. There is also a specific booklet covering secondary breast cancer.
BreastScreen Aotearoa – More about Breast Screening and BreastScreen Aotearoa
This Booklet published by BreastScreen Aotearoa within the Government’s National Screening Unit provides information to help women decide about whether to take part in the national breast screening programme. It outlines the benefits, limitations and risks of breast screening at different ages and information about breast cancer.
BCAC Step by Step Support Pack
BCAC’s Step by Step support pack is free to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand A diagnosis of breast cancer is a life-changing moment for over 2700 New Zealand women every year. If you are one of these women – BCAC and the Step By Step support pack are here to help. The information contained in each pack will help women understand their diagnosis, empower them to ask questions of their medical team and so make informed choices about their treatment options. Each Step by Step pack contains:
- An information booklet about breast cancer, treatments, support organisations and other useful resources.
- A diary to organise medical and treatment information, record appointment times and note down any questions women may wish to ask their medical teams.
- A journal for recording personal thoughts, with inspirational messages from other women who have experienced breast cancer.
To order your free Step by Step support pack, please complete the form on BCAC’s website.
Kanesa o le susu (A guide for women with early breast cancer in Samoan)
This Samoan translation Breast Cancer Samoan Guide and adaption of the Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer booklet came about because a need to reach Pacific women with breast cancer and their families. The aim was to provide information on breast cancer treatment and how others coped.
Ua fa’aliliuina lenei tusi i le gagana Samoa ona o le fa’anaunauga ia lava le silafia ma le malamalama o tama’ita’i ua maua i le kanesa o le susu i fa’amatalaga e uiga i lenei ma’i ma ona togafitiga. O lo’o fa’asoa atu foi ni manatu mai i nisi o le mamalu o tina ma tama’ita’i sa feagai ma lenei mai. O le agaga ia fa’asoa atu nei lagona atonu e aoga ma fa’afaigofie mo au fa’aiuga i se taimi e feagai ai ma lenei gasegase.
United States Guidelines
Your Guide to the Breast Cancer Pathology Report
This Guide published by Breastcancer.org allows you to record your pathology results and interpret what each result means. It also gives definitions on all aspects of the breast cancer process. This information will help you and your doctors decide on the best treatment for you. I found this Guide very helpful.
Breast Cancer Care UK – Moving Forward: You and Your Relationships
This Moving Forward Guide published by Breast Cancer Care UK provides excellent information on relationships and well being during and after breast cancer. It is a useful resource on changes to your body image, self esteem, relationships, your sex life after breast cancer, feelings after treatment, anxiety and depression, diet and exercise and complementary therapies.