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.


Bellydance

Date: Thursday, 11/05/2017
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Women's Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Bellydance is a joyous dance style that celebrates the female form in all its shapes, curves and wobbles.  Learn some basic bellydance techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Our presenter, Charni, will pace the workshop to suit everyone’s needs. No particular level of fitness or experience is necessary.

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Learn About Oncology Massage

Date: Wednesday, 24/05/2017
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

This session will describe how oncology massage differs from typical remedial massage; the health issues oncology massage can best address, how and why this modality can assist in wellness, and where you can access well trained therapists in the community. Kate Cherry has a long history of integrating massage with mainstream medical treatments of chronic

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Dietary Choices After Cancer

Date: Monday, 29/05/2017
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Women's Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

After a cancer diagnosis many women want to feel like they have some control over their health and working on their diet can be empowering to them. However, it can be hard to sift through all the conflicting advice and fads to find good advice on this topic. This presentation will cover: the evidence relating

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Lifepool

Date: Monday, 05/06/2017
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Lifepool is a project established to collect data and samples to support research into breast cancer and other significant women’s health issues. The project involves a large cohort of Australian women, and is funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A major focus of lifepool research is to better understand the subtle interactions between many

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Tea, Nurturing and Mindfulness

Date: Thursday, 22/06/2017
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Tea is a wonderful drink, but it is so much more. It is a way to nurture ourselves, practice mindfulness and bring calm into our day. In our hyper-connected modern lives, we can create room to breathe through the simplicity and mindfulness of the tea ritual. Sarah Cowell has spent time on tea farms, absorbing

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Hormones and Cancer

Date: Wednesday, 28/06/2017
Time: 2.00PM - 3.15PM

Location: Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness Centre, Level 5 Collaborative Space, 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg

Endocrine therapy is a cancer treatment that slows or stops the growth of cancers that are dependent on hormones to grow. It may also be known as hormone therapy. Breast, prostate, endometrial and kidney cancers are commonly cancers that can be hormone dependent. Dr Sabashini Ramchand is an endocrinologist at Austin Health. She is currently undertaking

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An Afternoon for Women Living with Advanced Cancer

Date: Thursday, 29/06/2017
Time: 1.00PM - 3.30PM

Location: Keystone Hall (opposite Maroondah Council Offices), 9 Civic Square, Croydon

This afternoon will include a presentation on ‘Constructive Communication with Your Oncologist’, a practical introduction to Tai Chi, and some time to look at resources and chat with staff and volunteers over a cuppa. Constructive Communication with your Oncologist How do you get the best out of your consultation with your oncologist? What does the

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Fear of Cancer Recurrence

Date: Wednesday, 19/07/2017
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Lecture Theatre A, Level 7, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan St, Melbourne

It is very common for people diagnosed with a potentially life limiting cancer to feel anxious, after their treatment is finished, about the possibility of the cancer coming back. In this session we will look at the factors which can heighten this fear, at strategies to lessen it so it does not become overwhelming, and

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Integrative Medicine – Body, Mind and Spirit

Date: Monday, 31/07/2017
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Dr Trisha Boetto, is an experienced General Practitioner with a special interest in Integrative Medicine.  This is a holistic style of medicine that includes lifestyle changes, nutrition, herbs and acupuncture to complement (not replace) the traditional medical treatment. Trisha is passionate about nurturing wholeness and health in body, mind and spirit. She will talk about

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Managing Symptoms of Advanced Cancer

Date: Wednesday, 02/08/2017
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

People can experience many different physical symptoms when they have advanced cancer. Some of these can be linked to the cancer itself and some can be side effects from treatment. Common symptoms include pain, nausea, a lack of appetite, breathlessness and tiredness.  It is important to speak up about any symptoms you have and changes

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Demystifying Chinese Medicine

Date: Wednesday, 09/08/2017
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Vlado Krstevski is an experienced Chinese Medicine Practitioner who specialises in working with people living with cancer. He will explain the principles of Chinese medicine and talk about the complementary role that both acupuncture and Chinese herbs can play in managing the side-effects of cancer and maintaining general wellbeing.

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Meditation

Date: Monday, 14/08/2017
Time: 11.30AM - 1.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

If you are interested in learning how to relax the body and calm the mind, this introduction to meditation may be what you are looking for. The benefits of meditation are well known: clearer thinking, reduced stress, better health, pain management and deep relaxation being some of them. Matthew Young from the Melbourne Meditation Centre

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When Cancer Challenges Your Budget

Date: Thursday, 24/08/2017
Time: 11.30AM - 1.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

A cancer diagnosis and treatment can come along with many extra costs, at the same time as a loss of income. The worry of dealing with financial challenges at this difficult time can impact on wellbeing and on relationships. Sara Bunnett manages the Practical Support Program at Cancer Council Victoria (CCV). Sara will talk about

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