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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 people 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 people 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 (BCI) 8890 8888
Crown Princess Mary Cancer Care Centre 8890 8530
Blacktown Cancer Care Centre 9881 8421
Nepean Cancer Care Centre 4734 3500
Westmead BCI Research & Clinical Trials Nurse 8890 8815 0417 864 100
Westmead BCI Support Group 8890 9682 bci-supportservicesinfo@health.nsw.gov.au
Westmead Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy 9845 6500
Westmead Social Work Department 8890 6699
Aboriginal Liaison Officer 8890 6699 or 0400346112
Telephone and Interpreting Service (TIS National) 131 450
McGrath Foundation 8962 6100 www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

 

Contact and Location of Breast Care Nurses

Available Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

 

Westmead Hospital*

Corner Darcy Road & Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead NSW 2145

02 8890 5656 (and leave a recorded message) or

0409 662 673 or

02 8890 5555 and ask for page 22641 or 27817

Alternatively, email the breast care nurses at

bci-breastcarenurses@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Auburn Hospital*

Norval Street, Auburn NSW 2144

02 8759 3504 (and leave a recorded message) or

0428 967 845 or

02 8759 3000 and ask for page 5745

 

Blacktown Hospital*

Blacktown Road, Blacktown NSW 2148

02 8670 5184 (and leave a recorded message) or

0427 851 829

 

Mt Druitt Hospital*

75 Railway Street, Mt Druitt NSW 2770

02 9881 1535 (and leave a recorded message) or

0427 851 829

 

Nepean Hospital*

Derby Street, Kingswood NSW 2340

Phone 02 4734 4439 (and leave a recorded message) or Mobile 0408 286 239 or

02 4734 2000 and ask for page 26165

 

*If you are unable to contact a nurse at any of these hospitals, please call or email the BCN at Westmead.

 

Useful contacts/websites

Cancer Australia canceraustralia.gov.au  
Cancer Council cancer.org.au
Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) 1800 500 258

bcna.org.au

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

Version 5 – WSP 224 October 2017