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New Hope & Hurdles resource for women with secondary breast cancer

Around seventy women each month are receiving a copy of Hope & Hurdles, a free, comprehensive information resource for women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, distributed by Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

 

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Hope & Hurdles has been developed through extensive consultation with women living with secondary breast cancer.

Originally launched in 2007, BCNA undertook an extensive review of Hope & Hurdles in 2012 and released a second, more updated and tailored edition late in 2012.

The second edition includes new and updated information and a series of optional booklets that women can order according to their individual needs. This allows women to access information relevant to them when they want it. Hope & Hurdles also includes brochures, magazines and CDs that offer information, support and hope for women and those around them.

In developing the resource, BCNA heard directly from doctors, oncologists, nurses and other health professionals, as well as women living with secondary breast cancer. Women made suggestions about things that helped them and their family and friends to deal with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

BCNA CEO Maxine Morand said the updated Hope & Hurdles will provide reliable and relevant information for the estimated 2,000 women who are diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in Australia each year.

“We believe that the right information helps women make informed decisions and gives them a greater feeling of control over treatment and wellbeing,” Maxine said.

Women with secondary breast can order the new optional items when ordering their Hope & Hurdles pack, or at any later time when they may want them. Women who received the first version of Hope & Hurdles are also welcome to order the second edition.

Health professionals are also welcome to order Hope & Hurdles on behalf of their patients.

I am thrilled with the new Hope & Hurdles and especially the new booklets. I have secondaries in the bone and learnt so much that I had not been told by my medical team. Hope & Hurdles has allowed me to take control, not feel so panicked and move through this process with a sense of calm. – Sue, Vic

Hope & Hurdles can be ordered from the BCNA website or by phoning 1800 500 258, and will be delivered free-of-charge within 5-7 working days. For more information or to order a free copy of Hope & Hurdles visit www.bcna.org.au/hope-hurdles-pack

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:26