SUPPORT INFORMATION FOR CARERS AND LOVED ONES
The news and implications of a breast cancer diagnosis can be complex, challenging and overwhelming, not only for the patient diagnosed, but also for their partners, friends and families. Additional information to support partners and caregivers have been provided by a variety of cancer groups.
Partner and caregiver resources
Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) – Partner Support
BCNA provides an online community for partners to share their experiences of breast cancer. They also provide a range of free booklets and fact sheets for those with breast cancer and their families, covering topics such as taking care of yourself as a carer, and supporting your partner through breast cancer.
Cancer Australia: resources and podcasts
Cancer Australia has further online information to support partners of breast cancer patients. The podcasts, When the woman you love has early breast cancer, and When the woman you love has metastatic breast cancer, feature personal stories and insights from breast cancer patients and their partners; health professionals also offer guidance on a range of emotional, physical and practical issues.
Cancer Council helpline and resources
Cancer Council Helpline (call 13 11 20, local call cost except mobiles) is a free, confidential information and support service for anyone affected by cancer. Support is provided by trained staff such as nurses and other health professionals. They also provide additional information and booklets on topics such as caring for someone with cancer, managing emotions and cancer, and living with advanced cancer.
American Cancer Society – Caregiver resources
The American Cancer Society provides online resources for caregivers to assist with coping strategies. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.
National Cancer Institute, USA: Support for caregivers
The National Cancer Institute has online support information for caregivers of cancer patients, including tips on coping with being a caregiver, and how caregivers can take care of themselves. They have also created booklets with additional communication and self-care tips for caregivers with a loved one being treated for cancer, or advanced cancer.
Susan G. Komen resources for friends, family and co-survivors
Susan G. Komen describes co-survivors as family members, spouses or partners, friends, health care providers or colleagues – anyone who is there to lend support from breast cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. They provide online resources to help co-survivors cope with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Organisations in Australia
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is one of three major breast cancer organisations in Australia; each with different roles and missions.
- The leading national breast cancer organisation raising and granting funds
- for breast cancer research. NBCF is completely non-government funded. All funds are raised entirely by the community.
- Mission: To stop deaths from breast cancer by identifying, funding and championing world-class research
- National advocacy leader for Australians affected by breast cancer
- Mission: To ensure Australians affected by breast cancer receive the best support, information and treatment appropriate to their individual needs
- Raises money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who provide physical and emotional support for breast cancer patients and their families
- Mission: To ensure every family experiencing breast cancer has the support of a Breast Care nurse, no matter where they live, for free.