New Hope & Hurdles resource for women with secondary breast cancer

Wednesday 5th December, 2012

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has launched a second edition of Hope & Hurdles, the free and comprehensive information resource for women with secondary breast cancer.

Originally developed in 2007, the second edition includes new and updated information and a series of optional booklets that women can order according to their individual needs. This allows women to access information relevant to them when they want it. Hope & Hurdles also includes brochures, magazines and CDs that offer information, support and hope for women and those around them.

In developing the resource, BCNA heard directly from doctors, oncologists, nurses and other health professionals, as well as women living with secondary breast cancer. Women made suggestions about things that helped them and their family and friends to deal with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.

BCNA CEO Maxine Morand said the updated Hope & Hurdles will provide reliable and relevant information for the estimated 2,000 women who are diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in Australia each year.

“We believe that the right information helps women make informed decisions and gives them a greater feeling of control over treatment and wellbeing,” Maxine said.

Women with secondary breast can order the new optional items when ordering their Hope & Hurdles pack, or at any later time when they may want them. Women who received the first version of Hope & Hurdles are also welcome to order the second edition.

Health professionals are also welcome to order Hope & Hurdles on behalf of their patients. 

I am thrilled with the new Hope & Hurdles and especially the new booklets. I have secondaries in the bone and learnt so much that I had not been told by my medical team. Hope & Hurdles has allowed me to take control, not feel so panicked and move through this process with a sense of calm. – Sue, Vic

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