No breast cancer journey is the same
Breast Cancer Care WA employs five specialist breast care nurses, four counsellors and a Support Service Coordinator and Manager.
Our nurses have undertaken specialist post graduate level education and training. They are able to provide support over the phone or by email, as well as home and hospital visits within the metropolitan area. They play a vital role in providing emotional support and information at various phases including diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up and palliative care.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways to help improve the way that you live your life. This inevitably involves helping you sort through problems and discover solutions therefore empowering you to make changes in your life that will increase your well-being. Our counsellors are experienced in supporting those with metastatic breast cancer.
Support groups are clients who meet on a regular basis, share common issues and support one another through their experiences.
For many women it can be an opportunity to connect with others who “get it”. Support groups are a great source of peer support and tips on everything from preparing for hair loss due to chemo, exercise after surgery and ways of managing family and friends responses to the cancer.
Our therapy workshops are designed to assist women to deal with multiple issues that may arise from breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. These include Clay Therapy, Art Therapy, Fear and Uncertainty workshops, Partners Seminars and Resilience Workshops.
Practical assistance can greatly reduce the mental and physical load while undergoing treatment. We provide transport to and from appointments, food and fuel vouchers, and light cleaning and gardening.
For those in financial crisis, our program may be able to assist with medical gaps, general household bills, fuel and food. Our specialist breast care nurses can help by undertaking a financial assessment and referring to social workers, financial counsellors or relevant financial assistance programs.