The following are a range of very helpful websites:
The Cancer Society
The Cancer Society of New Zealand is the leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand. The Cancer Society is the leading cancer patient advocate in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer detection and treatment.
Sweet Louise helps to improve the quality of life for hundreds of New Zealand women and men living with secondary breast cancer. They offer information, advice, support and a range of practical and therapeutic services that will help women and men with secondary breast cancer lead more positive lives.
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) is a not-for-profit, non-government funded charitable trust. NZBCF fund the following programmes and activities: beast health and breast cancer education and awareness programmes, research grants, medical grants, community outreach grants and advocacy.
Breast Screen Aotearoa
BreastScreen Aotearoa is a free national breast screening programme for eligible women aged 45 to 69. It checks women for signs of early breast cancer by using mammograms.
Breast Cancer Network (BCN)
BCN is a volunteer group welcoming all New Zealanders who have experienced breast cancer and supporters. Their goals through their website, Upfront U Kaiora magazine and resources is to:
- link women with groups and services
- promote research into the causes of breast cancer and primary prevention and
- promote high quality and equitable treatment and services for those affected by breast cancer in New Zealand.
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC)
BCAC provides a voice for New Zealand women who have experienced breast cancer. They work to make world-class detection, treatment and care accessible to all those affaected by breast cancer in New Zealand. They provide information, support and representation, empowering those with breast cancer to make informed choices about their treatment and care.
Breast Cancer Support (BCS)
Breast Cancer Support empowers New Zealand women emotionally on their journey with breast cancer. The women of BCS offer support and encouragement from a positive personal experience to others who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. BCS offers direct services to help women and their families in the greater Auckland area but can provide advice and information, via email and telephone, to women throughout New Zealand.
Casting For Recovery (CFR)
Casting for Recovery provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow people whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish.
It offers participants an opportunity to experience the peace and solitude and the chance to be in the moment that fly fishing provides. The retreat also incorporates a range of other services to promote well-being. The 2.5 day retreat weekend is one of fun and support with the mission of our trained volunteers being that of empowerment and achievement to whatever level you are capable of. Contact Sherrie, the Director via the Casting for Recovery website.
CanSurvive NZ Dragon Boat Team
CanSurvive is a Wellington Dragon Boat Team made up of Breast Cancer Survivors from all round the region. There are many advantages to being part of the CanSurvive Dragon Boat team. In 1995 Dr Don McKenzie, a sports medicine physician at the University of British Columbia researched rehabilitation following diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. He believed upper body exercise has a role in recovery from breast cancer and lymphedema because it can improve range of motion and reverse muscle atrophy, activate skeletal muscle and stimulate the immune system. Dragon boating was chosen for several reasons. It is a strenuous, repetitive upper body activity and is non-weight bearing reducing the risk of injury. You are very welcome to come along to any of their gatherings to understand more about who they are and whether or not Dragon Boating is for you.
My Cancer Experience
My Cancer Experience is a website which shares people’s cancer stories giving practical hints and tips to assist your cancer journey. You can can contribute with your story and read others’ stories. There are lots of resources here to help get you through your cancer experience.
Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.
Dr Susan Love Research Foundation
Dr Susan Love’s website was created for women and men interested in breast cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and long-term survivorship. Here you will find clear, comprehensive information as well as links to resources and support programs. You are also invited to comment on their blogs and share your story.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
NBCF is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NCI’s responsibilities include the following:
- Conducting and fostering cancer research
- Reviewing and approving grant-in-aid applications to support promising research projects on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer
- Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the results of cancer research conducted in the United States and in other countries
- Providing training and instruction in cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Reduce their risk of cancer
- Make them aware of early detection techniques and motivate the appropriate utilization of these techniques
- Help individuals deal with cancer if it strikes
- Provide information to improve long-term survival
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Y-ME Cancer Support Program
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is the only place in the world where someone touched by breast cancer can call – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – to talk to a breast cancer survivor and be understood in 150 different languages. For more than 30 years, Y-ME has been working to assure that no one faces breast cancer alone. Y-ME also has a wig and prosthesis program and support groups.
Cancer Council Australia
- undertakes and funds cancer research
- prevents and controls cancer
- provides information and support for people affected by cancer
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live. BCNA informs, empowers, represents and links together people affected by breast cancer.
Inform: we provide quality, up-to-date information about breast cancer, its treatment and services.
Empower: we empower women to have a voice in their own health care and to play an active role in improving breast cancer treatment, care and services.
Represent: we ensure women’s voices are heard by policy makers, health providers and planners through our program, policy and advocacy work, and that we are at the table wherever a decision is made about breast cancer.
Link together: through our Member Groups, events such as Field of Women and the sharing and support section of this website, we bring together all those who have themselves experienced breast cancer and link individuals and groups sharing similar issues and experiences.
Breast Cancer in City/Country
Colleen Thompson a breast cancer survivor and Lea Marshall a breast cancer nurse at St John of God Hospital in Ballarat, decided to form Breast Cancer in City and Country (BICC) in 2004 after realising that there were very few resources available specifically for young women who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer or who were in the initial stages of treatment.
The group primarily aims to support young women by addressing specific issues that affect a younger demographic. These topics include:
- Early menopause
- Body image
- Breast reconstruction
- Genetic issues and concerns
- Younger families
- The diagnosis – initial response/s
- Family and partner relationships
Support 4 Cancer
Support 4 Cancer works towards improving the health and well being of patients, clients and community, with emphasis on care and treatment options and informed choices based on adequate information. Support 4 Cancer is committed to improving access for all patients / clients and ensuring the care and services are delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.
Cancer Australia is an Australian Government Agency established to benefit all Australians who are affected bycancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the well being of those diagnosed by ensuring that evidence informs cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.
Breast Cancer Care’s vision is that every person affected by breast cancer gets the best treatment, information and support. Breast Cancer Care combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise, using this in a unique way to:
- provide information and offer emotional and practical support
- bring people affected by breast cancer together
- campaign for improvement in standards of support and care
- promote the importance of early detection.
Other International Websites