What NBCF Does And How Your Support Helps
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is one of three major breast cancer organisations in Australia; each with different roles and missions. NBCF is 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.
Our vision: To stop deaths from breast cancer by identifying, funding and championing world-class research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately –save lives. Find out more about our research and what your breast cancer charity donation supports.
Join us in reaching our vision of Zero Deaths From Breast Cancer.
Important Breast Cancer Charities In Australia And What They Do
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.
Andrew and Tracey’s story
“All the statistics only talk about the number of women affected; what they don’t mention is the effect on the people that love them; parents, children, siblings, extended family, friends. My wife, Tracey, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2010 – and was told it had spread to her liver and lung in 2012. Firstly, there’s the pain that you have to watch your partner go through… the ongoing pain from metastasis – the spread of the cancer from her breasts to her spine, ribs, liver and lung. Secondly there’s the fear. Fear of losing her sooner rather than later and being alone.” – Andrew, Husband of Tracey, diagnosed 2010.
Breast Cancer Resources for Carers
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 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 (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.
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 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.
Join Us In Beating Breast Cancer
At NBCF, we are committed to making an impact on the face and future of breast cancer in Australia. But with 9 Australians dying from breast cancer every day, there’s still progress to be made. Since NBCF’s inception in 1994, there have been remarkable achievements in breast cancer research. Fundraisers and supporters have helped us to raise around $200M for nearly 600 world-class research projects in prevention and risk, detection new and improved treatment and quality of life. With your support, we pledge to keep problem solving until we reach our goal: Zero Deaths from breast cancer.