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:

  • Free live webinars on topics of interest to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families
  • Public breast health and breast cancer seminars
  • Free corporate, workplace and group seminars

There are no upcoming patient events at the moment, but watch this space for announcements.

In the meantime, you might like to take a look at similar events that we've done in the past.

If you'd like to be the first to hear about upcoming patient information events, please contact Alice.

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:

Fear of recurrence, December 2017

Living life to the fullest can feel hard when you can't shake the persistent fear that your breast cancer may return. In this webinar, we talked about putting recurrence in perspective: the actual risks and signs, how to cope with uncertainty and how to get emotional support.

Carly Robinson was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer after finding a lump in her breast at the age of 40. Carly shared her story and will discussed how she gets the most out of each day, despite the fear the breast cancer will return. Dr Mike McCrystal is a specialist oncologist specialising in breast and melanoma/skin cancers. He graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1987 and then completed an MD in cancer drug development in 2000. Mike has worked predominantly in New Zealand where he has an interest in the genetics of melanoma and breast cancers and has worked at the Auckland Hospital Department of Clinical Oncology since 1999. Dr Geraldine Tennant is a Health Psychologist who specialises in breast cancer. She has extensive experience in counselling women through emotional and physical health challenges following diagnosis, during treatment and adjustment post-treatment. Geraldine works as the breast clinic psychologist at Auckland City Hospital and in private practice.

Watch the recording.

Sex after breast cancer, October 2017
A breast cancer diagnosis can impact sexual health, relationships and body image. In this webinar, we talked about those things that aren't often discussed: how to overcome side effects like vaginal dryness, fatigue and little or no libido, to get your sex life back on track.

Rose Wharepapa was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago, aged 43. Rose talked about how her sex life changed, and what worked (and what didn’t) to get her back on track. Dr Stella Milsom is an endocrinologist specialising in menopause, as well as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), loss of period, osteoporosis and subfertility. Stella explored the physical side effects of breast cancer that can impact on sex life, and what’s available to overcome them. Edit Horvath is a sex therapist and psychologist at ActiveSEXLIFESolutions. Edit highlighted the role of sex therapy after breast cancer and will explored ways to manage side effects and minimise their impact on your libido.

Watch the recording.

Managing chemo and radiation side effects, September 2017

Breast cancer treatments affect people in different ways. Some people experience mild side effects, while for others they are more severe. In this webinar our expert panel discusses strategies for managing side effects of chemo and radiation, and reducing their severity, to boost quality of life during this difficult time.

Hannah Dhanaraj was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer just after her 40th birthday, in 2014. She shared her experience of breast cancer, the side effects she suffered, and the methods of coping that worked for her. Nurse Chelsea Prout is a breast oncology nurse specialist at Canopy Care Centre. Chelsea focused on the common side effects of chemotherapy, as well as ways to prevent and treat them. Dr Ruth Angell is a radiation oncologist at Auckland Hospital. Ruth talked about side effect management from a radiotherapy perspective, exploring ways to reduce your risk and the severity of symptoms.

Watch the recording.

Latest Breast Cancer Research, August 2017

Research is one of the keys to better breast cancer treatments and survival. This webinar will get you up to speed with the latest breast cancer research. It will cover the results of some recent overseas trials, as well as some new studies, that improve treatment side effects.

Dr Anna Bashford, a medical oncologist who specialises in the treatment of breast cancer talked about hot-off-the-press drug research including Palbociclib, recently approved for use in New Zealand. Nurse Vivienne Maidens, one of the Foundation’s own breast care nurses, discussed access to these new treatments here in New Zealand. She’ll also talk about a new pilot of scalp cooling to reduce hair loss from chemotherapy, right here in NZ. Nurse Sarah Munro is another of our wonderful breast care nurses. She talked about research that shows that monitoring side-effects not only improves quality of life – it can extend your life, too.

Watch the full recording here.

Thinking about breast reconstruction?, July 2017

The decision to have, or not have, breast reconstruction is a very personal one. This webinar is for women like you, who are interested in exploring their options around breast reconstruction.

Dr Krishna Clough, a world leader in surgical oncology flew in from Paris to share his wealth of experience with you. He talked about breast reconstruction as part of your treatment plan. He was then joined by other medical professionals from the Wellington and Hutt areas, who talked about other aspects of breast reconstruction.

Unfortunately, due to severe technical issues, we are unable to share this recording with you.

Fertility after breast cancer, June 2017

Breast cancer treatments can affect your fertility, which can be devastating if you haven't completed your family. In this webinar, our panel will talk about the steps that you can take which may protect your fertility during this time.

Caroline Eric was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, aged 33, in September 2011. She shared her experience of fertility preservation. Dr Sheridan Wilson is a medical oncologist specialising in the treatment of breast cancer. Sheridan talked about how fertility and breast cancer treatment fit together - timing issues, sequencing and safety - as well as getting pregnant after breast cancer and the return of natural fertility. Dr Guy Gudex is a fertility specialist, gynaecologist and the Medical Director and founder, of Repromed New Zealand. Guy talked about the range of available fertility preservation options, eligibility for publicly-funded treatment and give an overview of how fertility treatment is tailored.

Watch the full recording here.

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.

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 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.

Breast Health Seminars

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

  • New Zealand Breast Cancer Symposium
    From Research to Reality - Public Education Day
    Sunday 12 November 2017 - 9:30am to 3pm - Sir Paul Reeves Buislding (WG), AUT
  • Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day
    Wednesday July 5th 2017 - Matiu Room, Wharewaka Function Centre, 1 Cable Street, Wellington
  • 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