Upcoming Sessions

BreaCan conducts free information sessions on a regular basis. Coming to an information session is a great way to access information and connect with others in a similar situation.

Information sessions are coordinated by BreaCan staff and involve medical, allied health and other specialists, including creative therapists.

Book your place by clicking on any of the upcoming sessions below.

Cancellations Policy

If we do not have enough people enrolled one week before a session is scheduled we will cancel the session and inform anyone who has booked. This also allows the speaker sufficient time to make other plans. We hope that cancelling a session is never necessary but also realise that having only a small number of people attending a session is no longer workable.


Living Well after Gynaecological Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Date: Thursday, 18/02/2016
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Mercy Hospital For Women

To mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, BreaCan, Ovarian Cancer Australia and Mercy Hospital For Women are hosting this very special event. Join us for a morning focused on caring for yourself – body, mind and emotions. After a cancer diagnosis it is common to experience feelings of loss of control, anxiety, stress and sadness. Our

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‘Chemobrain’: Cancer, Chemotherapy and the Brain

Date: Wednesday, 24/02/2016
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Some women who receive chemotherapy for cancer complain that their ability to think clearly has been reduced since treatment began. Research into this topic is growing and there is now stronger evidence that subtle changes in thinking do occur in some women. However, the reason for this is still not clear. Professor Paul Maruff (Centre for Neuroscience, University of Melbourne) will

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Mindfulness – Responding Rather Than Reacting to Life’s Challenges

Date: Monday, 29/02/2016
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Mindfulness is simply described as ‘moment to moment awareness, with acceptance’. When we are being mindful, we are engaged with the present moment, and are able to weather the storms of life more easily. Mindfulness is an enriching approach to living, and a skill than can be developed and strengthened through specific meditation practices. Join Suzanne Peyton, Mindfulness Teacher from ‘The Mindful

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Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment

Date: Wednesday, 02/03/2016
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Location: Warringal Private Hospital

Current research shows that exercise after cancer improves survivorship, quality of life and general wellbeing. This presentation aims to educate women on the benefits of exercise and to discuss what to do when starting an exercise program after a cancer diagnosis. Our presenter Isabella Lees-Trinca is a physiotherapist working in cancer rehabilitation services and research into women’s cancers and exercise.

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Learn about Lymphoedema

Date: Thursday, 03/03/2016
Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Following lymph node removal and/or radiotherapy treatment there is a lifelong risk of developing lymphoedema. Our presenter will detail what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risk of developing it and how best to manage it if it develops. The impact of exercise and massage, as well as where to find assistance will also be discussed. Women who

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Breast Cancer and Bone Metastases

Date: Wednesday, 09/03/2016
Time: 2:30PM - 3.45PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

There is a close relationship between advanced or secondary breast cancer and bones. Bones are the most common site of recurrence of breast cancer. Treatments aim to relieve symptoms and to slow the growth of the cancer. In this session our presenter, Prof Michael Green, will detail current and upcoming treatments, as well as management

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Menopause Symptoms After Cancer

Date: Thursday, 10/03/2016
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

The onset of menopausal symptoms after treatment for breast or gynaecological cancer can have a long-lasting effect on quality of life, body image, sexual function and self-esteem. Faith Rees is the Nurse Co-Ordinator for the Menopause Symptoms After Cancer Clinic at the Women’s Hospital. Faith will speak on the management of menopausal symptoms in women after a cancer diagnosis.

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Harmony Day Morning Tea

Date: Monday, 21/03/2016
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

The message of Harmony Day is that everyone belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity and to encourage cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come here from many countries and cultures around the world. Celebrate Harmony Day with a delicious morning tea at BreaCan. Meet

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Assertiveness

Date: Monday, 11/04/2016
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Women sometimes find it hard to express their needs clearly and calmly in times of great stress, such as when diagnosed with cancer. Assertiveness is a vital life skill that enables us to look after our own best interests while remaining respectful to others. Belinda Astl, a psychologist in private practice presents this session on learning and practising assertiveness skills.

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When There Are Long Term Side Effects

Date: Thursday, 14/04/2016
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

This session will focus on the practical aspects of managing unexpected long term side effects which arise as a consequence of cancer treatment. These issues, including but not limited to; lymphoedema, peripheral neuropathy, bone and joint problems, fatigue, and menopausal symptoms, can have a significant impact on adjusting to life after treatment. Our presenters for this session are Dr Mary Dwyer, Radiation

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Feldenkrais

Date: Monday, 18/04/2016
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

This session will provide an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method which involves very gentle but unusual movements, designed to discover more comfortable and efficient ways to move. These movement lessons tap into how the brain organises movement. All you need to bring is your curiosity and hopefully the session will be both surprising and fun!

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Decision-Making for Women Living With Advanced Cancer

Date: Wednesday, 20/04/2016
Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Living with advanced cancer involves an ongoing series of decisions relating to cancer treatment. These include decisions about: treatment options and managing side effects; how your oncologist makes decisions about your care; sharing what’s important to you with your oncologist; seeking information or not; and accessing supportive care services. Every individual’s experience is unique, but

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