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Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA

Welcome to What’s News Spring Edition 2019

Spring has arrived as we begin to welcome the warmer months ahead, and consider new projects, initiatives and partnerships.

In this edition of ‘What’s News’ we focus on the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on ‘young women’. Most young women are pre-menopausal and
may have some additional areas of consideration at the time of their diagnosis such as fertility, work and children. These are all very personal issues and are discussed in further detail by our Early Breast Care Nurse, Cath Griffiths, in the article ‘What is young’ on page 5.

In this edition we also focus on the importance of staying active, well, and engaged in the wider community during a breast cancer diagnosis. This edition’s
patient story follows the journey of Silvana, who has gained support through actively engaging with community events, workshops and groups such as the PYNKS (a BCRC-WA group for women living with metastatic breast cancer). Read more about ‘Silvana’s story’ on page 6.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the generosity of The Stan Perron Charitable Foundation which has given generously to Breast
Cancer Research Centre-WA. Philanthropic contributions help us to offer additional support to our patients and their children and families. As a result we are
thrilled to welcome Clinical Psychologist Mary Scott, who joins us from Fiona Stanley Hospital and will be working with our patients, developing programs to deal with post breast cancer diagnosis issues such as vasomotor and cognitive symptoms and helping me in designing the next research effort on helping to address the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on offspring – the latter having been highlighted from the results of our Offspring Study.

We recently welcomed the announcement of our new charity partner, Perth Glory Football Club. Perth Glory will be holding a charity game for
BCRC-WA on the 13th of October. We would like to thank Perth Glory and we look forward to sharing a long partnership.

I would like to acknowledge the incredible fundraising efforts of Something Pink Kalgoorlie, The Italian Club Gala, Chevron City to Surf, HBF Run for a Reason and Shearing for Liz. We are excited to welcome new fundraising efforts in the coming months and sincerely thank the community for their ongoing support.

Lastly, I would like to thank all those who attended our 2019 Inaugural Appreciation Dinner. A wonderful evening shared with those committed to supporting the work we do at BCRC-WA. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all once again in 2020.

What’s News Spring Edition 2019. 

Prof. Arlene Chan
Medical Oncologist MB BS,
FRACP, MMed (Palliative Care)