The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute team is excited to offer a new health and wellness program for patients who have completed active treatment* (surgery and/or chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy), to support you between your appointments.
*You can still be taking Endocrine therapy (e.g. Tamoxifen, Aromatase Inhibitors) or targeted therapy (e.g. Herceptin).
EMPOWER-SMS is sent via 4 text messages per week for 6-months. Topics include managing side effects and endocrine therapy medication, getting active, healthy eating, mental health and suggestions about free services that may be helpful to you. EMPOWER-SMS has been tested in a clinical trial at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and a national research study, including over 1000 participants combined. Results showed that EMPOWER-SMS helped people to be consistent with taking their endocrine therapy medication compared to usual care (no text messages). Participant feedback showed:
- 91% of participants found it useful
- 87% felt supported between medical appointments
- 70% were motivated to get active
- 69% were motivated to eat healthier
To sign up, simply click the link below and provide your first name and mobile number.
Although we hope EMPOWER-SMS will be helpful, it is not a substitute for professional advice from qualified healthcare professionals. If you have any questions regarding your health (including medical condition and/or nutrition), please contact your healthcare professional. Our breast care nurses are available by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (responses may be delayed).
Note: EMPOWER-SMS was designed with and for patients with early-stage breast cancer. The program may not be suitable for patients with metastatic breast cancer. EMPOWER-SMS is also not intended to be for the purpose of the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of any disease and should never be used for medical emergencies.
We have engaged an Australian company, Known Pty Ltd (ABN 40 116 431 700) trading as ‘Burst SMS’ (“Burst SMS”), to help us to provide EMPOWER-SMS. We will send and receive messages via its web-based platform. You can read about Burst SMS here.
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