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Breast Care Nurse

[This information guide is also available in PDF for download.]

A breast care nurse (BCN) is a registered nurse who has specialised experience  and knowledge in breast care nursing.

Breast care nurses are members of  the multidisciplinary team caring for women and men with breast cancer.

Other members of the team at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and its affiliated hospitals include surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, breast physicians, clinical geneticists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, social  workers and other specialised nurses.

Breast care nurses are available to  give you and your family information and support before and after surgery and during your ongoing treatment for breast cancer. If you have any questions about your treatment, the plans for your hospital admission or about caring for yourself after surgery or during other treatments, you  can call the breast care nurse for advice.

 

 

Role of a Breast Care Nurse

The role of a breast care nurse is to

  • Provide support, education and information to women and men with breast cancer, their family and those who care for them.
  • Provide high standards of treatment in breast care nursing.
  • Provide coordinated care, including information and referral to other support services and resources available in the hospital and community.
  • Inform people about research and clinical trials.
  • Provide leadership in the area of breast care nursing within the hospital and wider community

 

 

A Breast Care Nurse is available to:

  • Answer your questions.
  • Explain your treatment.
  • Provide you information on treatment for breast cancer.
  • Explain what happens during your stay in hospital.
  • Visit you during your stay in hospital.
  • Provide emotional support.
  • Organise support for you when you leave hospital if needed.
  • Provide information on breast prostheses and breast reconstruction.
  • Help you look after your wound after your operation.
  • Refer you to other services if needed.
  • Act as a link with all members of the treatment team.
  • Coordinate your care from the time you are diagnosed with breast cancer, through your treatment and follow-up.

 

 

Useful Telephone Numbers

Westmead Breast Cancer Institute Clinic 8890 8888
Westmead Radiation Oncology Department 8890 5200
Westmead Chemotherapy Day Unit 8890 6742
Nepean Cancer Care Centre 4734 3500
Blacktown Chemotherapy Day Unit 9881 8047
Westmead BCI Support Group 8890 9682 supportservicesinfo@www.bci.org.au
Westmead Lymphoedema Clinic 8890 6500
Occupational Therapy Department 8890 6500
Physiotherapy Department 8890 6500
Social Work Department 8890 6699
Aboriginal Liaison Officer 02 88906699 or 0400346112
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) 131 450
Breast Cancer Network Australia 1800 500 258 www.bcna.org.au
McGrath Foundation 8962 6100 www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
The Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20
BreastScreen NSW 13 20 50

 

Breast Care Nurse Contact and Location of Breast Care Nurses

Westmead and Mt Druitt Hospitals*

Westmead Hospital
Darcy Rd & Hawkesbury Rd
Westmead NSW 2145
Phone 02 8890 8472 (and leave a recorded message)
OR
Mobile 0409 66 26 73
OR
02 8890 5555 and ask for page 22641 or 27817
Available Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

 

Auburn Hospital*

Auburn Hospital
Norval Street,
Auburn NSW 2144
Phone 02 8759 3504 (and leave a recorded message)
OR
02 8759 3000 and ask for page 5745
OR
Mobile 0428 96 78 45
Available Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

Nepean Hospital*

Nepean Hospital
Derby Street,
Kingswood NSW 2340
Phone 02 4734 4439 (and leave a recorded message)
OR
02 4734 2000 and ask for page 26165
OR
Mobile 0408 28 62 39
Available Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm
[This information guide is also available in PDF for download.]