Past Webinars

Some of our information sessions are also offered as webinars. On this page you can watch videos of some of the webinars we have held in the past. To view upcoming sessions that will be broadcast as webinars, please visit our events page and look for sessions that are flagged with this symbol:

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Understanding your pathology report

This BreaCan information session was held at BreaCan on Thursday, 23 February 2017


Anatomical pathologist Dr Eric Sumithran demystifies the information in your pathology report, explains how it is used, and the role of the pathologist within the team.



Breast reconstruction

This BreaCan information session was held at BreaCan on Thursday, 24 November 2016


Plastic surgeon, Dr Kim Taylor, speaks about what women need to consider when deciding on breast reconstruction, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues, and new developments in the field.

Scroll down to view our November 2015 Breast reconstruction webinar, presented by Dr Natalie Ngan. (Webinars are listed by date.)



Decision-making for women with advanced cancer

This BreaCan information session was held at BreaCan on Wednesday, 9 November 2016


Dr Michelle White, a Medical Oncologist at Cabrini and Monash Medical Centre, facilitates a session about decision-making and patient participation in treatment planning, for women with advanced breast or gynaecological cancers.



Menopause after cancer

This BreaCan information session was held at BreaCan on Thursday, 27 October 2016


Faith Rees, Nurse Coordinator for the Menopause Symptoms After Cancer clinic at the Women’s, discusses the management of menopause symptoms after cancer treatment.



Your pelvic floor: why is it so important?

This BreaCan information session was held at BreaCan on Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Libby Oldfield, Specialist Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist explains why pelvic floor muscles are important, how to exercise them and where to get support and further information.



Peripheral neuropathy

This BreaCan information session was held at Sunshine Hospital on Monday 25 August 2016

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Peripheral neuropathy – Dr Shirley Wong from BreaCan

Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong spoke about peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in hands, feet and lower legs), why it happens, risk factors and what can be done to help.



Support for young people when a parent has cancer

This information session was held at BreaCan on Monday 22 August 2016

Christina Strouzas, a social worker at CanTeen, speaks about supporting young people (aged 12-24) when a parent has cancer, and explains the range of programs and resources CanTeen can provide.



The science of exercise

This information session was held at BreaCan on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Dr Karen White, a Medical Oncologist, discusses the scientific evidence for the benefits of exercise after cancer. Dr White initiated strive2thrive, a specialised exercise and wellbeing program for people diagnosed with cancer in Geelong.



Obesity and breast cancer: what are the links?

This information session was held at BreaCan on Wednesday 2 July 2016

Kristy Brown, Head of the Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, will speak on the evidence linking obesity and breast cancer, and its impact on the management of breast cancer.



The role of exercise in the management of advanced cancer

Apologies that the original webinar held on Monday 1 August 2016 is not available, however presenter Prue Cormie has provided links to presentations she has made on similar content.

Top: Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, discusses new research indicating that exercise can make cancer treatments both more tolerable and more effective. Above: Associate Professor Prue Cormie answers audience questions. Acknowledgements: TEDxPerth, Australia, March 2016.

 

Above: A research presentation on exercise for the management of cancer by Associate Professor Prue Cormie. Acknowledgements: Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. Melbourne, Australia, December 2015.


Health and healing for body and mind

This information session was held at BreaCan on Monday 25 July 2016

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Health and healing for body and mind – 25 July 2016 at BreaCan
Associate Professor Craig Hassed, GP, teacher and researcher at Monash University and leader in the field of mind-body medicine, presents on the importance of lifestyle, mindfulness and integrating mind and body in the management of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Cancer fatigue: what does the evidence say?

This information session and webinar was held on Monday 6 June 2016.

Elizabeth Pearson, Occupational Therapist and Graduate Researcher at La Trobe University, discusses the evidence for managing cancer-related fatigue.



When there are long-term side effects

This information session and webinar was held on Thursday 14 April 2016.

Dr Mary Dwyer and Natalie Goroncy discuss long-term side effects following breast or gynaecological cancer treatment.



Breast cancer and bone metastases

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

Professor Michael Green discusses the close relationship between advanced cancer and bones.



Learn about lymphoedema

This information session and webinar was held on Thursday 3 March 2016.

Learn About Lymphoedema from BreaCan on Vimeo.

Helen Eason, a physiotherapist with nearly 20 years experience in lymphoedema management and oncology physiotherapy, explains what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risks, and how to best manage it if it does develop.



‘Chemobrain’: Cancer, chemotherapy and the brain

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

Dr Adrian Schembri discusses the relationships between cancer, chemotherapy and brain function.



Radiotherapy

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Many people diagnosed with cancer will be treated with radiotherapy which uses high energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. Dr Mario Guerrieri is a Radiation Oncologist providing inpatient care at the Western Private, Ringwood Private, and Freemasons Hospitals. Dr Guerrieri discusses the different techniques used to deliver radiotherapy (external beam and internal radiotherapy or brachytherapy), the benefits and side effects, as well as the current and emerging trends for its application in the treatment of cancer.



Breast Reconstruction

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Dr Natalie Ngan has extensive experience as a plastic surgeon with particular expertise in the area of breast reconstruction. In this session, Natalie covers a number of areas including what factors women need to consider in deciding what is right for them, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues and new developments in the field. Natalie works as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Western Health and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and is in private practice at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery with rooms in Richmond.



Targeted Therapies

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday, 28 August 2015.

Targeted therapies are currently the focus of much research and development in the cancer field. These therapies use drugs or other substances to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by interfering with specific molecules (molecular targets) that are required for tumour development and growth. There are many different types of targeted therapies. Two examples of those most commonly used are hormone treatments and Herceptin. Shirley Wong, a Consultant Medical Oncologist working at the Western Hospital will talk about the targeted therapies currently available, how they work, their limitations and who they are useful for.



Naturopathy

This information session and webinar was held on Monday, 24 August 2015.

Naturopathy is a safe and holistic approach to wellness and encompasses a variety of treatment methods including: nutritional medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and massage or other body therapies. Many women find it useful to complement and enhance their medical treatment. Our presenter, Sandra Villella, is an experienced naturopath working at Jean Hailes and in private practice. She will talk about what naturopathy can offer in managing side effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress and menopausal symptoms.



Risk Factors for Endometrial Cancer

This information session and webinar was held on Friday, 28 August 2015.

Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is the most common gynaecological cancer and its incidence is rising. There are a number of known risk factors, some of which we can control eg. obesity, and some which we cannot, such as age and having gone through menopause. Professor Michael Quinn AM is a Gynaecological Oncologist (Lead for Research) at The Women’s Hospital. He is a Past Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Trials Group, and of the Gynecological Cancer Inter-Group. Currently he is President Elect of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society. In this webinar Professor Quinn talks on the current knowledge about endometrial cancer and the known risk factors.



Sleeping Soundly

This information session and webinar was held on Monday, 29 June 2015.

People with cancer face a range of significant physical and emotional stressors and the large majority will experience sleep problems at some point during their cancer experience. In this webinar, our facilitator, an experienced psychologist from Peter Mac, talks about what contributes to sleep problems, what happens when we are sleep deprived, cancer specific factors that contribute to sleep loss and some strategies to get that good nights sleep!



Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment

This information session and webinar was held on Thursday, 26 February 2015.

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 presenters are physiotherapists who work in cancer rehabilitation services and research into women’s cancers and exercise.



Managing Cancer Pain – for women living with advanced cancer

This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

Pain, especially when it is persistent, can interfere with daily activities and severely diminish quality of life. It is also stressful and wearying on both body and mind. There are many myths and misconceptions about pain and the treatments for pain. Associate Professor Odette Spruyt will speak about the management of cancer pain including the different causes of pain, treatment options and how to access specialist advice. (Advanced cancer is also known as metastatic or secondary cancer.)