Published by Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition
The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition produces a support pack for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Called Step by Step, the pack includes an information book about breast cancer, a diary to record medical treatment and a journal to jot down thoughts and feelings. Many women find it a very useful tool to help them make sense of all of the information they receive when first diagnosed and to organise and monitor their ongoing medical treatment. Order your free Step by Step support pack.
‘Having Surgery’ Book by Bev Silvester-Clark.
The ‘Having Surgery’ book leads you through the process of preparing for surgery and recovery, giving you the skills, knowledge and questions to ask. We understand that stepping into the unknown and trusting your life to other people can be unsettling. This book helps you to learn how surgery can be an incredibly positive event in your life, feel empowered, learn to ask empowering questions, and adopt the ‘fabulous four’ tools into your toolkit and experience the power of increased certainty, clarity and confidence.
Order your own copy for $35.00.
Steps to performing a self breast exam
Breast self-exam (BSE), or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. Not every cancer can be found this way, but it is a critical step you can and should take for yourself.
Your local Library is a great resource
Most New Zealand libraries now have their lending catalogue on their website. A key word search with the words, breast cancer, will provide you with a list of books about all aspects of breast cancer.
See Auckland Libraries for an example, where a search of the catalogue will show about 572 items, but smaller libraries also offer a range of books. Alternatively a librarian can help you find the books you want if you visit in person.
Directory of Cancer Support Services – Wellington, Hutt, Wairarapa regions (2012)
The Capital & Coast District Health Board (C&C DHB), Hutt Valley District Health Board (HV DHB) and the Wairarapa District Health Board (W DHB) has produced this valuable Directory of Cancer Support Services to assist patients and their families, staff and other health professionals so that they can easily find the resources, services and personnel available to patients with cancer within the Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa regions. Recommended.
Breast cancer information in Chinese language
Welcome to our information page for Chinese speaking women. Chinese breast cancer support groups are not usually available so it is helpful to know where to go for advice and resources.
Ministry of Health – Funding for Prosthesis and Bras After Surgery
The Breast Prosthesis Service Payment is payment to people who have undergone a partial or full mastectomy, either unilateral or bilateral, and/or have undergone a lumpectomy, have congenital needs, or have had reconstructive surgery, as specified by a specialist or general practitioner (GP).