Patient information events

Patient Information Events

The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ believes that the awareness of, and education around breast cancer, is key to achieving zero deaths from breast cancer. We hold numerous informational events throughout the year to make sure that all New Zealanders get access to this life-saving information.

BCFNZ patient events include:

  • Public breast health and breast cancer seminars
  • Free corporate, workplace and group seminars
  • Breast cancer forums with international experts
  • Live webinars on topics of interest to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families

Breast Health Seminars

The following seminars and events have been sponsored by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ:

  • 2nd Australasian Breast Congress: Advances and Controversies in Breast Cancer Consumer/Patient Day
    July 2016 - Langham Hotel Auckland, Waitemata DHB Conference Centre at North Shore Hospital
  • Sweet Louise/BCFNZ Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar
    November 2015
    View the powerpoint presentations.
  • BRA Day – Breast Reconstruction Seminars
    Oct 2013 & 2015 (Auckland)
    Watch the video
  • Breast Cancer Seminar – Whangarei Hospital
    Oct 2015 (Whangarei)
  • Breast Cancer Symposium – GP CME Conference
    Aug 2015 (Christchurch)
  • Breast Health 2014
    Sept 2014 (Auckland)
  • National breast cancer conference for nurses

Breast Cancer Forums

Public Forum– SKYCITY Auckland Convention centre
The forum provided an opportunity for the public to gain local and international information about breast cancer topics, such as new findings in radiology, updates on breast screening, surgery and oncology. Three hundred people attended the forum and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

To view the presentations from the forum click on one of the items below:

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Interactive Webinars

BCFNZ webinars are a live panel that usually includes a patient and several medical professionals. Each panellist addresses the given topic and then the floor is opened up for a Q&A session. Participants can beam in from the comfort of their own home to the presentations and ask questions.

Past Webinars:

Newly diagnosed? What you need to know, May 2017

An in-depth discussion about dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Mary Brookes, who was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer in January last year, aged 52, talked about her initial shock and the importance of finding emotional support. Surgeon, Dr Eletha Taylor, talked about treatment pathways, decoding diagnosis jargon and how to get the most out of your medical appointments. Breastcare nurse, Janice Wood, talked about your next steps after diagnosis including managing treatment, the role of the breastcare nurse, staying at work with breast cancer and useful resources.

You can watch the full recording here. (Flash & Javascript are required to view)

Learning to love Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors, March 2017

If you have had ER+ breast cancer, you’ve likely been prescribed years of Tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors. You may be suffering from some of the side-effects: hot flushes, bone or joint pain, memory loss and cognitive problems, mood swings, sleep problems, or genital and urinary symptoms. And now you’re hearing that you should be on these treatments for ten years instead of five? Surely you’ve been through enough!

We know that around half of all women prescribed these drugs stop taking them because of these side-effects. This webinar will show you how you can learn to… maybe not love your medication, but at least live in harmony with it so that you don’t miss out on the survival benefits that these treatments offer.

Chanda Warren, a breast cancer patient, talked about her experiences on Tamoxifen, the remedies she’s tried, and what has and hasn’t worked. David Porter, an oncologist, spoke about some of the side-effects, and what you can do to mitigate those. Dr Helen Roberts, a doctor with a special interest in menopausal symptoms, will talk about the side-effects that come from estrogen depletion, like genital and urinary symptoms, mood swings and hot flushes, and what you can do about them.

You can watch the full recording here.
Download the transcript here with thanks to Jo Dawkins.

Living a normal(ish) life with advanced breast cancer, October 2016

October isn't just about awareness. It's also about supporting everyone who's living with breast cancer.

October 13th marked Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Shortly after that date we ran our first webinar, this one for all New Zealanders who are affected by advanced breast cancer. This webinar was aimed at patients, but we welcomed supporters, early breast cancer patients, medical professionals, and interested members of the public to join us too.

Christine Manins, who’s been living with advanced breast cancer for twelve years, talked about the ups and downs she’s been through since being diagnosed. Sinda Hall, an experienced support worker, talked through living your new life well, finding emotional support, and having those difficult conversations. Juliet Ireland, a health psychologist, discussed anxiety and depression, managing uncertainty, maintaining meaning and purpose, and managing your own expectations, and the expectations of those around you.

You can watch the full recording of the webinar here.