Breast care nurses are often the unsung heroes of a breast cancer support team. But I believe they are the ‘glue’ that holds everything together - providing information, support and advice when you need it most.
While the rest of our medical team is focusing on treating the cancer, breast care nurses are focusing on caring for us, their patients. And they do a bloody amazing job at it.
They take time to understand who we are outside of breast cancer, and how having breast cancer will impact our lives. Then they just do all they can to make it work for us, with as little impact on our lives as possible.
Recently I chatted with McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Kerry Patford to learn all about the amazing work that breast care nurses do, and how they can help you.
Whilst there are many, many more, below are 10 things I learned your breast care nurse can do for you:
Provide you with information relating to your breast cancer diagnosis
Provide you with information regarding your treatment plan
Offer you support when you need it
Provide assistance to your family members when they need it
Help schedule appointments with any of your medical team
Assist with transportation to and from treatments and appointments
Help navigate difficulties with things like work and school
Where possible, sit in with you on appointments
Recommend credible support services
Answer any questions you may have about your breast cancer.
And all of that.....for FREE!!!
Everyone with a breast cancer diagnosis has access to a breast care nurse (and you don't even need a referral). If you haven’t already been provided with one, simply go onto the McGrath Foundation website to search for one near to you, and get in touch.
Breast care nurses are here to help...so make sure you're working with yours to help make your life a little bit easier, during what can be a very difficult time.
LISTEN: Want to learn more? Check out The Pink Movement Podcast Episode 16 with Kerry Patford, where she shares more on the what breast care nurses do, and how they can help.