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BCI Support Services

The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute aims to inform patients, and the general public through educational events and support programs. Breast cancer patients, their families and friends are invited to participate in the activities listed. Most activities are free of charge. All support programs are listed below. A copy of the BCI Support Services Brochure (PDF) is available here.

Best Breast Friends Support Group Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our patients with informative and relevant support services, we are asking for your feedback about our Best Breast Friends support group.

Whether you have attended before or not, we would like to hear from you. Please fill in the Best Breast Friends survey to let us know how we are doing and what we can improve in.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 15:10

CanRefer(www.canrefer.org.au/) is an online directory to help general practitioners, other health professionals, patients and their family members find cancer services by cancer type and location in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is set up by Cancer Institute NSW with the assistance of cancer services personnel and support from NSW Health through the Health Establishment Registration Online (HERO) project.

The information available in Canrefer will help general practitioners in referring newly diagnosed cancer patients to specialists attached to multidisciplinary teams and support timely referrals as early on in the cancer journey as possible.

Men with Breast Cancer

Peer support for men with breast cancer is available. For more information, contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or a Breast Care Nurse on 9845 8472.

Younger women with breast cancer

The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute has produced an information brochure called Breast Cancer in Younger Women. This is available through the clinic and online.

Support groups especially for young women with breast cancer are run by the Cancer Council NSW and are available in Parramatta, Sydney (city location) and the Central Coast.

For more information, contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

Psychology clinic

A Clinical Psychologist is available for women/men and their families who find they need extra support during treatment for breast cancer.

Referral required from your doctor or breast care nurse.

For more information contact the Breast Care Nurse on 9845 8472

Breast Care Nurses

The Breast Care Nurses are registered nurses who have undertaken specialised training. They are available at Westmead, Mt Druitt, Nepean and Auburn Hospitals to provide information and support to women and their families before and after surgery and during other treatment for breast cancer.

To speak to a Breast Care Nurse, phone 9845 8472 or 9845 5606 and leave a message or phone 9845 5555 and ask to page 22641 or 27817.

Best Breast Friends

A chance to meet other women affected by breast cancer.

Join us for a chat and listen to guest speakers present talks on various subjects including nutrition, menopause and exercise. An opportunity to meet other women affected by breast cancer.

Session times: First Tuesday of each month Feb-Dec

10:30am- 12:00 pm
Westmead Breast Cancer Institute Conference Room
Block F, Level 1, Door 1
Westmead Hospital

If you are coming or require further information, please let us know on 9845 9682.

Familial Cancer Service

An assessment clinic for woman whose family history may put them at higher than usual risk of breast cancer and other cancers. The clinic is run by specialists in cancer genetics. Genetic testing may be appropriate for some families.

Medical referral required.

For more information speak to one of the doctors at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute or call the Familial Cancer Service on 9845 6947.

Living with Cancer

A one-day information program with an opportunity to meet others with breast and other cancer. Learn more about cancer and new skills for coping with the diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please phone the Department of Social Work on 9845 6699.


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