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News & updates

Our latest news, press releases, blog posts, Pink Ribbon Bulletins & Pink Ribbon Press.

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Why is lymphoedema therapy so important?
06 March 2019

Why is lymphoedema therapy so important?

We chat to Claire Boyce, lymphoedema therapist, about why lymphoedema treatment is so vital to people's well-being.
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How to spend your Kiwi New Year
15 December 2018

How to spend your Kiwi New Year

If you’ve been through breast cancer, planning how you’re going to spend New Year might be at the bottom of your priority list. We’ve put together a list of ideas to minimise stress this year!
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How to do YOU this festive season!
06 December 2018

How to do YOU this festive season!

With the festive season fast approaching things can seem daunting – especially if you are living with breast cancer, have recently been diagnosed, or are on the road to recovery. So, this year it’s time to sit back, relax, and do YOU.
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​How does a clinical trial benefit me?
17 August 2018

​How does a clinical trial benefit me?

Every licensed drug in the world has been through a clinical trial - from ibuprofen to morphine. But why do drugs need to go through such a stringent testing process and what benefit does a clinical trial have for a breast cancer patient?
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Add exercise to your breast cancer prescription
02 June 2018

Add exercise to your breast cancer prescription

New exercise guidelines for cancer patients place emphasis on the role of exercise in cancer recovery.
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Access to 3D mammography for patients in Palmerston North
10 May 2018

Access to 3D mammography for patients in Palmerston North

Now women in the central North Island will have access to sophisticated breast imaging thanks to your generous donations.
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South Auckland patients & staff delighted with new breast biopsy chair
09 May 2018

South Auckland patients & staff delighted with new breast biopsy chair

A new $18,000 chair that helps correctly position women of all shapes and sizes during breast biopsies is receiving rave reviews.
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10 ways to break up with fatigue
12 April 2018

10 ways to break up with fatigue

Feeling tired, and having issues sleeping, is something that everyone experiences at some point in their lives – in fact, it’s the most common complaint reported to GPs! We’ve put together some tips to help you beat fatigue once and for all.
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Why you need a survivorship plan
09 February 2018

Why you need a survivorship plan

Getting back to “normal” life after breast cancer isn’t easy, which is why having a personalised survivorship plan is vital for everyone who has completed treatment for any type of cancer.
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Starting the year free of fear
17 January 2018

Starting the year free of fear

Cancer takes so much from people. Learning how to respond to it in a way that will help you move forward is a challenging concept to understand and deal with, especially when you’re living with uncertainty.
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Let them eat pud: staying healthy over the holidays
14 December 2017

Let them eat pud: staying healthy over the holidays

With pavlovas, parties and punch it’s no surprise that staying healthy during the festive season can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible!
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Scar therapy: caring for your surgical scars after a mastectomy
01 December 2017

Scar therapy: caring for your surgical scars after a mastectomy

People react to scars in different ways; for some, they are a stark reminder of pain, while for others, they are a celebration of survival and represent new life.
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The best way to prepare for reconstructive surgery
15 November 2017

The best way to prepare for reconstructive surgery

The choice to have, or to not have, breast reconstruction is a very personal one. If you do decide to have surgery, there are a couple of bits and pieces you can do (or ask others to do for you – recommended!) to make your surgery, and recovery time, as stress-free as possible.
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Sealed Section: sex after breast cancer
09 November 2017

Sealed Section: sex after breast cancer

Sex therapist Edit Horvath, endocrinologist Dr Stella Milsom and breast cancer survivor Rose Wharepapa answered your most pressing questions about sex and intimacy after breast cancer in a recent webinar.
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LGBTIQ+ breast cancer info now available
24 October 2017

LGBTIQ+ breast cancer info now available

The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ website now has a section dedicated to the LGBTIQ+ community.
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Free seminar on breast reconstruction tomorrow, Auckland
17 October 2017

Free seminar on breast reconstruction tomorrow, Auckland

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ will host a free seminar on reconstruction after breast cancer on Wednesday October 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Auckland University’s Medical School.
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5 things you need to know about radiation therapy
27 September 2017

5 things you need to know about radiation therapy

Most people have an idea about what chemotherapy is, but radiation can prove a bit more mysterious.
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Webinars hit all the right notes
21 September 2017

Webinars hit all the right notes

​How do you ‘reignite the passion’ after diagnosis and treatment?
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New nurse educator a wise addition
21 September 2017

New nurse educator a wise addition

Vivienne Maidens has joined Breast Cancer Foundation NZ as a breast nurse educator, bringing with her a wealth of international experience. Patients who phone our hotline or have joined our on-line patient community “mybc” are already benefitting from Vivienne’s broad knowledge and deep compassion.
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Innovative pilot helps breast cancer patients keep their hair
21 September 2017

Innovative pilot helps breast cancer patients keep their hair

​Hair loss during chemotherapy can be devastating for breast cancer patients, adding trauma during an already stressful time. But, thanks to your generous donations, many breast cancer patients will emerge from chemotherapy with little or no hair loss over the next few months.
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How to prepare for your breast cancer treatment
30 August 2017

How to prepare for your breast cancer treatment

Your breast cancer experience will be unique to you. But you don’t have to face it alone. We’ve talked to breast cancer nurses, patients who have gone through similar things to what you’re about to go through, and our wider medical professional community for some insight into those little things that make a big difference.
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6 things you need to know about fertility after breast cancer
13 July 2017

6 things you need to know about fertility after breast cancer

Last month medical specialists, Dr Sheridan Wilson and Dr Guy Gudex, joined breast cancer survivor, Caroline Eric, on a panel to discuss the impact of breast cancer treatment on fertility in a free webinar run by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. We've done a round up of the 6 key messages.
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8 meaningful things you can do to help your loved ones in their battle against breast cancer
23 March 2017

8 meaningful things you can do to help your loved ones in their battle against breast cancer

When someone that you know is diagnosed with cancer, it can be really hard to know how to support them. Fortunately, there are lots of small things that you can do to show that you care.
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Researchers may have found a solution for chemo-brain
13 January 2017

Researchers may have found a solution for chemo-brain

One of breast cancer’s biggest survivorship problems could be solved with brain exercises.