The Doctors and staff at Southern Breast Oncology understand that women with breast cancer will need empathetic support coming to terms with the diagnosis and later as they progress through treatment, and indeed after that. Such support often comes from partners, family and friends. However women and their supporters often benefit from experts in the field such as Breast Care Nurses (BCN's), Oncology Unit Nurses during chemotherapy, Clinical Psychologists or some of the many support services and groups that have responded to this need.
The many hospitals at which we work employ BCN's as valuable members of the caring teams. We have also listed below some contact information about support groups that may be of assistance. Please talk to your treating Doctor if you would like to discuss this further.
Breast Care Nurses
Breast Care Nurses are registered nurses who specialise in the coordination of care and the provision of support and information to patients with breast cancer in both the public and private health systems. Your treating Doctor will be able to provide advice and contacts.
Counterpart Resource Centre
Women supporting women with cancer. Connecting, supporting and informing women with breast or a gynaecological cancer to live well.
Cancer Support Groups
Cancer Council Victoria recognises more than 120 groups across Victoria, providing training and support to group leaders so members can feel safe and secure. Cancer Council Victoria will only refer people looking for a group to these officially recognised groups. Each cancer support group is an independent community group run by volunteers according to the need they identify in their community.
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.
The OTIS Foundation is a national charity providing retreat accommodation at no cost to people experiencing breast cancer and their loved ones. The organisation welcomes enquiries from anyone who has experienced breast cancer and feel they would benefit from a stay.
Carers provide care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is an older person with care needs. The organisation works closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout Victoria.