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Recent research carried out in the Waikato region has found that breast cancer patients who discontinue their endocrine therapy are more likely to have their breast cancer return or die from it than those who complete their treatment.
Blenheim woman, Tracey Eising, shares with us a moving and poignant moment of her life on the breast cancer journey. Tracey was first diagnosed with Stage 3, ER+ breast cancer in 2004 at age 37 and received a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Five years later, Tracey was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer - the cancer had spread to her liver, lungs and bones. Here, the mum of four children, shares what she describes as a 'Mother's Cry' moment:
BCAC’s meeting with the new Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan Coleman earlier this week, to discuss issues affecting breast cancer patients, has led to the Minister proposing to develop and implement a Breast Care Work Programme.
BCAC Chair, Libby Burgess says the Minister was receptive to many of the issues raised and he has directed Ministry staff to meet quarterly with BCAC to develop a high level Breast Care Work Programme.
Seven years after losing her mother to breast cancer, a Taranaki Zumba instructor will hold two Zumba dance parties and donate the proceeds to BCAC.
Taranaki District Zumba Co-ordinator, Puna Wano-Bryant, recently found out about the work of BCAC and wanted to do something. “I saw your logo and your pack (Step by Step support Pack) and went on your website and thought this is awesome. I like the way you provide support to the patients. It’s not just about research.”
Auckland and Napier waterways will be filled with a new generation of stand pp paddlers this week as the pilot program of Paddle On comes to an end. The eight week program involved teaching stand-up paddling (SUP) to breast cancer survivors and was designed specifically for cancer rehabilitation.
The Australasian Lymphology Association has a grant from IBM to create a patient registry in New Zealand and Australia of those who have lymphoedema. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather information about the extent of the problem, what is offered for treatment and how it affects people’s lives. With this information they can better understand the cost of poorly managed lymphoedema with a goal of having better preventative strategies.
On a glorious summer’s evening during March, a group of mums, dads, grandparents and children gathered on an Auckland beach to launch ‘Memories to Heaven’, an awareness initiative from Kenzie's Gift highlighting that children grieve when they have experienced the death of someone they love.
Please visit the Kenzie's Gift site to read more and see the Memories to Heaven video - http://www.kenziesgift.com/memories-to-heaven
Kenzie's Gift was the grateful recipient of a donation from this year's Round the Bays event held on 8 March in Auckland.
Eight charities shared in the $100,000 donation. Kenzie's Gift CEO Nic Russell (second from left) is seen here at the presentation receiving a cheque for $9,000 from Round the Bays organisers. "It's a wonderful donation for which we are so grateful," said Nic. "These funds will go a long way towards helping us to provide our services to children and families."
The Tauranga-based Boobops dragon boat team (see photo at right) has recently finished another successful dragon boating season, which included competing in the World Dragon Boat Breast Cancer champs in Sarosota, Florida in October 2014.