Great Lakes

Breast Cancer Support Group

Newsletter

We had the pleasure of Kellie Loader from the Cancer Council join us. Kellie spoke of the services you can access from the Cancer Council and that they are 100% funded via donations. Kellie advised that the 131 120 phone number will help you access all these services.
Services include:- Medical advice & information on all types of cancers
Financial advice & payments
Transport to & from medical appointments
Counselling for the person diagnosed & family & friends of the person

Kellie also spoke on the screening programs available in NSW, which are Breast, Skin, Bowel & in 2025 Lung Cancer screening will be available. Unfortunately NSW has the lowest rate of uptake on these screening services, only 40% of people eligible for the Bowel screening & 47% for the Breast Cancer screening are participating. It is hoped that number of participants can rise so more lives can be saved.

Coffee at Black Head last month was well attended, thank you to those that went, the ladies that live out that way really appreciated catching up with everyone. We plan to hold a morning tea in Taree in the near future for our ladies that live in that area.

Thank you to everyone that came along to our Working Bee/Sewing Bee, it was a very productive morning & special thank you to Lorraine for hosting. Lorraine’s recipe for her Coconut Macaroons is on page 2.

Jacinta Bryan, our local McGrath Breast Care Nurse, will be joining us. We look forward to catching up with Jacinta. The position of McGrath Nurse for our area has only been in place since the beginning of 2024, Jacinta will speak  on what her role as the McGrath Nurse is for our area. 

All women who have experienced breast cancer are welcome to attend our meetings (first Wednesday every month at 4.00pm Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club). For further information please contact: Members Lorraine Milward 0410588736, Diane Thompson 0437137577, Carol King 65575946, Judy Smith 65546498 (Welfare Officer) or the Breast Care Nurse at Manning Rural Hospital on 6515 1918