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

News
COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs
10 June 2020

COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs

Breast Cancer Foundation says Government must not break its promise to develop an early access programme for new cancer medicines, following two promising trial results for advanced breast cancer.
Blog
A safe way to exercise with breast cancer
04 June 2020

A safe way to exercise with breast cancer

Exercising is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy during and after treatment for breast cancer, and we have tips for how you get work up a sweat safely.
Press release
Stacey Morrison calls on Kiwis to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and help save lives
01 June 2020

Stacey Morrison calls on Kiwis to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and help save lives

Broadcaster and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ambassador Stacey Morrison is encouraging New Zealanders to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this July, to help raise urgent funds needed to support patients and save lives.
Blog
Eating well during treatment
14 May 2020

Eating well during treatment

A healthy diet is important when you’re going through breast cancer treatment. We take a look at how to eat well while dealing with side effects.
News
“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs
10 May 2020

“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs

“Don’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to back away from your commitment to cancer patients,” Breast Cancer Foundation NZ begged the Government, in response to today’s announcement of an additional $160m over four years for Pharmac to secure the supply of approved medicines.
Pink Ribbon Press
Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2020

Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2020

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Press release
“I’d never heard of a mammogram”: Pink Caravan spreads the word 
06 May 2020

“I’d never heard of a mammogram”: Pink Caravan spreads the word 

The Pink Caravan's tour was shortened due to COVID-19. However, it had already made a huge impact. In Dunedin, one visitor told the caravan nurses, “Until now, I’d never heard of a mammogram.” She was 47 years old.
Press release
Webinars pull in the viewers
06 May 2020

Webinars pull in the viewers

​In the last six months, BCFNZ webinars have focused on topics such as breast reconstruction, managing the side effects of treatment, what to expect after a diagnosis and dealing with DCIS. In total, 1016 people have signed up to watch our webinars live over that time and 844 people have watched our webinar videos at a later date.
Press release
Investing in the future: Breast Cancer Foundation National Register
06 May 2020

Investing in the future: Breast Cancer Foundation National Register

All breast cancer patients, regardless of ethnicity or geographical location, should receive the same high standard of care. Sadly, at the moment, that isn’t always the case.
Press release
Nurses provide reassurance during uncertain times
06 May 2020

Nurses provide reassurance during uncertain times

People at various stages of breast cancer treatment have been receiving expert, targeted advice from our nurses via our free 0800 phone line and mybc, our online support community.
Press release
How you’re helping support Kiwis during COVID-19 crisis
06 May 2020

How you’re helping support Kiwis during COVID-19 crisis

With the whole country on lockdown due to COVID-19, all of us have been faced with restrictive challenges. Those battling breast cancer have been truly tested. Here's how you've helped them.
Blog
Staying healthy at home
20 April 2020

Staying healthy at home

There are a lot of things we control at the moment, but you can still look after your physical and mental health while you're at home.
Blog
Easing anxiety in uncertain times
09 April 2020

Easing anxiety in uncertain times

While we’re adjusting to a new way of living with COVID-19, here are some ways you and your loved ones can manage anxiety and fear during this time.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
April 2020

April 2020

BCFNZ support continues over lockdown, we welcome a new nurse on staff, plus the results of our Summer Studentship research scholarship.
Blog
What's the deal with DCIS?
11 March 2020

What's the deal with DCIS?

There can be some confusion surrounding DCIS. Here's what you should know...
News
“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement
05 March 2020

“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement

Pharmac’s confirmation that life-extending new drug Ibrance will be funded from April 1 for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer (ABC) has drawn praise from Dr Fatima Cardoso.
Press release
Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Breast Cancer Foundation NZ petition
24 February 2020

Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Breast Cancer Foundation NZ petition

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has handed a petition to MP Maggie Barry requesting free GP visits for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
February 2020

February 2020

BCFNZ announces $600,000 research grant, advocating for free GP visits, plus the Pink Caravan starts its South Island tour.
Blog
Loving your body after breast cancer
14 February 2020

Loving your body after breast cancer

When you're finding a 'new normal' after treatment, learning to appreciate how your body now looks and feels is part of the process
News
BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer
05 February 2020

BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has given feedback on the proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer.
Press release
The two-hour challenge: Breast Cancer Foundation urges Kiwi bosses  to give staff time off work for mammograms
03 February 2020

The two-hour challenge: Breast Cancer Foundation urges Kiwi bosses to give staff time off work for mammograms

On World Cancer Day, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is calling on Kiwi employers to support female workers’ health by giving them time off for mammograms.
Blog
Coping with chemotherapy
22 January 2020

Coping with chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can bring a host of side effects. Here are some helpful tips to manage them.
News
“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement
15 January 2020

“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement

​Pharmac’s announcement this morning that it aims to fund Ibrance for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer from April 2020 is wonderful news.
Blog
Resolutions to lower your risk
14 January 2020

Resolutions to lower your risk

We’ve come up with a few resolutions that will keep you healthy in 2020 – and lower your risk of developing breast cancer to boot.